Friday, April 23
Sioux Falls formerly of Canistota
Duane John Wrage was born at Monroe on March 5, 1927. He moved to the farm by Canistota, where he lived until November 2001, when he moved to Sioux Falls. He attended country school, then high school in Monroe and Canistota. Upon graduation, he served in the Army Air Force, returning to farming by Canistota.
He married Dorothy Peterson in 1952 and had three children Steven, Tracy and Jayne. He was a lifetime member of Calvary Reformed Church in Monroe, serving as Deacon, Sunday School superintendent, head usher and various committees.
He was active in 4-H as a youth and later as a leader. He served on the county school board and Canistota Public School board. He was a member of the American Legion serving as chaplain. He was named Outstanding Young Farmer by the Sioux Falls Jr. Chamber of Commerce in 1959.
Duane spent 39 years on the McCook County Conservation District, holding various offices. He was on the state conservation board for eight years. He instituted a county clean tree contest later adopted by all counties in South Dakota. Duane was honored in 1996 as a member of the South Dakota Association of Conservation District’s Endowment Fund President’s Club.
In his retirement, Duane enjoyed playing golf as a member of Par-Mar Country Club. He loved spending time with his family, woodworking, hunting, meeting new people, volunteering at his church and the Sertoma Butterfly House and planting trees and growing many flowers, especially gladiolas that he and Dorothy shared generously. He was also well-known for his candy turtles which he loved to make and give away.
He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 69 years, Dorothy; his children Steve (Cathy) Wrage (Richardson, Texas); Tracy (Lee) Johnson (Sioux Falls); Jayne (Monte) Anderson (Sioux Falls); grandchildren Abby, Jenna, Alex, Drew, Regan, Emily and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 28, from 5 –7 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 29 at 10 a.m. at the Calvary Reformed Church in Monroe. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Calvary Reformed Church in Monroe or the Sertoma Butterfly House in Sioux Falls.
Arrangements provided by Walter’s Funeral Home of Marion.