Dennis Droege, 55, of Concordia, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, in Mesa, Ariz.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia. Pastor Lee Hagan will officiate. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Pallbearers will be Elbert Bredehoeft, Phil Keeney, Jim Reid, Mick Kreisel, Lonnie Fischer and Gary Inman. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Concordia. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul's Lutheran High School athletics, Concordia High School athletics or Sweet Springs High School athletics in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home.
Born March 4, 1948, in Warrensburg, he was the son of the late George Droege and Sophie Eckhoff Droege. On Aug. 30, 1970, he married Barbara Jane Allen, who survives of the home. He was raised in the Valley City area and then moved to Concordia, where he lived most of his life. He was a 1966 Concordia High School graduate, attended Highland Community Junior College in Highland, Kan., and was a 1972 graduate of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. He was the junior and senior high school physical education teacher at Sweet Springs for the last 23 years. He had coached many sports activities at Sweet Springs High School and in surrounding areas. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, where he had served as a trustee and usher. He had also been involved in numerous civic clubs and activities through the years.
Additional survivors include two sons, Jeff Droege of Concordia and Tim Droege of Blue Springs; two brothers, Marion Droege of Warrensburg and Marvin Droege of Blue Springs; one sister, Darlene Thompson of Columbia; one grandson; and four nephews.