OBITUARY

Gary Douglas Wrage

April 8, 1945October 2, 2021

Gary was born April 8, 1945 in Ainsworth, Nebraska, the son of Douglas and Betty (Shaul) Wrage. He grew up on various ranches south of Valentine, NE, where his father worked and eventually leased ranches raising Hereford cattle. He attended one room rural schools through 8th grade. Gary graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in 1964. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in 1969. While at the university he met and married Barbara Swan in 1968 to which two children were born, Shannon in 1969 and Bryan in 1971.

After college, Gary and Barbara ranched south of Valentine, NE and raised Herefords before moving to Aurora, NE where Gary was a Vice President and Agriculture Lending Officer. In 1977, they moved to Juniata, NE where Gary was the Chairman, President, and CEO of the Roseland State Bank in Roseland, NE before moving to Immokalee, FL to work for the First Bank of Immokalee.

Gary was named to the National Honor Society, the School Honor Society, and the Best All Around Jr. High and High School Athlete while at Wentworth. While in Wyoming he spent six years in the 133rd Light Equipment Co., Army National Guard, Wyoming Unit. He graduated from the Colorado School of Banking at the University of Colorado in 1980. Gary held various offices in the Jaycees, Lions, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Immokalee Friendship House, various church committees, Collier County Planning Commission, and was a 1997 graduate of Leadership Collier.

Gary was involved with his children and grandchildren’s activities; and enjoyed watching them develop into young adults. Gary was an instrument rated pilot and loved to fly whenever the chance presented itself.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, mother, a brother Randy and an infant brother. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Barbara, of Tampa; his daughter Shannon (Brian) Krabel of Land O’ Lakes, FL; his son Bryan (Melissa) of Apollo Beach, FL; grandchildren: Nicole and Kyle Krabel; Ashley, Lauren and Sarah Wrage; William “Will” and Sadie Sherman; great-granddaughter Carla Jane Ponte; sister Shari Bolstad, of Epping, ND; nephew Kory (Carrie) Bolstad, of Williston, ND, and niece Jennifer (Steven) Welzenbach of Billings, MT; and numerous cousins.

Donations may be made to Wounded Warriors Project at www.support.woundedwarrierproject.org or to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org or Voice of the Martyrs at www.persecution.com.

Services

15 October

Visitation

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood

3207 W Bearss Ave
Tampa, FL 33618

16 October

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church

2902 W. Fletcher Avee
Tampa, FL 33618

16 October

Graveside Service

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park

2860 SUNSET POINT RD
CLEARWATER, FL 33759

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Chris Norris

October 14, 2021

Shannon: I am so sorry to hear that your dad passed away. I distinctly recall the stories you told me of him flying around the house and us sharing stories of our pilot dads. Knowing how considerate, intelligent, honest, funny and virtuous you are, I can only imagine that your dad was the same. Undoubtedly he was extremely proud of you and left you with so many wonderful memories to keep you smiling and warm the rest of your life. I can tell you from experience that it will be painful but time will help. Stay close to the great memories. God bless you and your mom and your whole family. Your true friend, Chris Norris.

Carol Karcher

October 14, 2021

Carol Karcher

October 14, 2021

Gary Wrage was a wonderful man; a larger than life character who was always so much fun to be around. He was a dedicated family man, father, and grandfather. I was privileged to have spent times with him at many family gatherings, thanks to his wonderful daughter and my good friend Shannon. While I grieve for those of us left behind, especially his wife Barbara, I rejoice knowing that he is at home with his Savior and am grateful to God that our paths crossed in this lifetime. I'll see you on the other side Gary!

Monte Shaul and family

October 14, 2021

With deepest sympathy on your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Simone Taylor

October 14, 2021

I know that even though you have a loss, you still have some great memories. I hope those memories will give you comfort in knowing God is with you and your family lean on him in your time of sorrow. Please accept my most deepest condolences.

Judy Maugeri

October 5, 2021

Dear Barbara and family,
Sending love and prayers to you.
With heartfelt sympathy, Judy M