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Warren Karges, 84 - August 08, 2007

Warren Edward Karges, 84, of Gothenburg, died Monday, July 30, 2007, at his home.
Services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Matthew Groenke officiating. Burial was at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Karges was born on Sept. 1, 1922, to Ed and Nora (Greenwaldt) Karges at Dexter, MN.
He graduated from Lake City High School at Lake City, IA, in 1940. He then attended and graduated from Concordia College at St. Paul, MN, in 1942, and attended Concordia Seminary at Springfield, IL, graduating in 1946.
On June 15, 1946, he was united in marriage to Irma Podshadley at Springfield. To this union, three children were born, Sheryl, Noreen and Teresa.
He worked with two Lutheran churches in South Dakota. He also served as the Lutheran youth secretary for the State of South Dakota. In 1962, he returned for further study at Midland Lutheran College at Fremont. He then entered the University of Nebraska Graduate School Department of Educational Psychology.
In 1965, he worked as a counselor in the Boys Job Corps Center at the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Isabella, MN. From 1966 to 1970, he became manager of educational and vocational training for youth with the Burroughs Corporation. In this capacity, he worked with youth in Omaha, Detroit, Westlake, CA, and Guadalajara, Mexico. In 1971 and 1972, he worked for the Washington Training Corporation at Washington, D.C. in the training of youth who were in need.
?On Sept. 1, 1973, he married Mary L. (Ryan) Lantz of Lexington.
?Karges worked for the State of Nebraska Department of Social Services from 1973 to 1987. In this capacity, he worked mainly with the county offices in western Nebraska, and also served as regional director in the same area.
?He was an active member of the American Lutheran Church.
Karges enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and tinkering in his garage, according to family members.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Ed and Nora; his wife, Mary in 2005.
Survivors include: four daughters—Sheryl (Len) Higgins of Brownsville, OR, Noreen (Mike) Sullivan of Morgan Hill, CA, Teresa (Don) Demers of Aptos, CA, and Monica (Richard) Schodorf of Wichita, KS; a son, Jerry John (Joyce) Karges of Cozad; sister, Viola (Ray) Ihrke of Brownsdale, MN; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and his special pet, Ralph.
Memorials are suggested to the Central Plains Hospice and the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.