Urban A. Schrage, 89, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 9, 2015 surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Elgin, Nebraska on March 15, 1926.
During the Korean War, Urb served in the 45th Division. Upon discharge, he returned to Oklahoma State University to complete his degree in Agricultural Sciences, and finish his college football career.
Urb moved to Salinas in 1955 with his bride, Celine, to start his career in agriculture, which continued for over 40 years in the Salinas Valley. He was a long-time parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and a member of Sons In Retirement (SIR).
He loved reading and later became a docent at the Steinbeck Center. Urb also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, telling stories and talking about history. His Saturdays in the fall were dedicated to Oklahoma State football (Go Cowboys!). Urb was always ready to travel, especially if it was a trip to Reno or Big Sur.
Urb was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Hubert, Clarence, Gilbert, Wilfred, Art and Al, sister Philomena, and grandson Tyler Ambrosini.
He is survived by his wife Celine, three children Greg (Linda), Linda (Ted) Wagner, Donna (Brian) Ambrosini, and grandchildren Amy and Eric Wagner.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who took such wonderful care of our loving husband, father and grandfather.
Donations in Urb's name may be made to VNA and Hospice, 45 Plaza Circle, Salinas, CA 93901, or the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. For the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, please make checks payable to the UCSF Foundation, include MAC Fund B1871 in the memo line of the check, and mail it to UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145.