Dec 17, 2019 8:20 PM

Augustine "Augie" Tarango (1938 - 2019)

Posted Dec 17, 2019 8:20 PM

Augustine "Augie" Tarango, age 81, of North Platte, Nebraska passed away on December 12, 2019 at the North Platte Care Center.  Augie was born on May 28, 1938 in Chihuahua, Mexico to Joe and Julie (Apodaco) Tarango.  He grew up in Chihuahua and Mexico City areas, immigrating with his family to Clovis, New Mexico.  When he was 16, he left New Mexico, moved aroung, and finally settled in North Platte, Nebraska where he met Juanita Medrano.  The two were married on June 3, 1966 in North Platte.

Augie worked on construction crews that built the interstate before hiring on the Union Pacific Railroad in the Maintenance of Way Department, retiring in 1996.

Augie loved Mexican music and playing the accordion in his band and dancing, especially with his sister, Lupe, doing the Mexican hat dance.  He enjoyed playing pool and was a good player.  He loved his family, spending time with them, and will be especially remembered for taking family rides.  He liked to fish and was an avid Husker fan.  He is a Gold Star Father to Master Sgt. Linda Tarango Griess.

Survivors include two children, Augustine (Peggy Dixon) Tarango and Vicky (Rodney) Smith, all of North Platte; grandchildren, Johnnie Moore, Jr. of North Platte, Christopher (Sarah Burg) Tarango of Aurora, Colorado, Rodney Smith, Jr. and Isaac Smith both of North Platte; great-grandchild, Julie; siblings, Maria, Roger, Chuma, Lydia, Romelia, and several other siblings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Juanita; daughters, Linda Tarango Griess and Julie Ann Tarango; grandson, Anthony Tarango; mother-in-law, Alisa Medrano; father-in-law, Tereso Medrano; sister, Susana Mora; brothers-in-law, Chuck High Ducan II and Fred Nehls; and a sister-in-law, Lee Medrano.

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Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in North Platte.  Christian Wake Services will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.  Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.