The Pryor Times


April 8, 2014

Obituary- Vargas

PRYOR, OK — Frank Fortino Vargas, Sr., 86, Chouteau, died Sunday, April 6,  in Pryor. He was born on June 1, 1927, in Dewey, the son of Remigo Vargas and Juanna (Heredia) Vargas. He faithfully served his country in the United States Navy.  He volunteered for World War II at age 17; his mother had to sign for him to join. He spent two or three years on USS Volcan, and then transferred to a tanker ship, which fueled ships out at sea. He was on the USS Redstart, then the Korean War as a minesweeper.

He married Dora East in 1975 in Miami, Fla. She preceded him in death in 2012. He worked most of his life as a maintenance supervisor in various cement plants. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially when he was going fishing. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Tulsa and the Pryor Elks Lodge. He loved to be surrounded by those he loved and cherished each moment he had to spend with them. He will be remembered by all the wonderful memories he leaves behind and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services are 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 9, in the Southside Christian Church in Pryor with the Rev. K.E. Gerhart officiating. Interment will be in the Graham Memorial Cemetery with Jason Wood, Jerod Wood, Tyler Wood, Trey Vargas, Jeremy Vargas, and Ryan Vargas serving as casket bearers. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Shipman’s Funeral Home Chapel. To leave a personal message to his family, visit Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.

He is survived by his children Frank Vargas Jr. and wife Mildred of Pryor, Anthony “Dink” Vargas and wife Cheryl of Pryor, Mary Vargas of Pryor, Frances Vargas of Pryor and Terrie Hollis of Pryor; brothers Tony and wife Maggie Vargas of Dewey, John and wife Margaret Vargas of Woodland, Calif. and Spencer Vargas of Woodland, Calif,; sisters Librada Gonzales of Sacramento, Calif., Mary and husband Milford Martin of Sacramento, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Remigo and Juanna Vargas, wife Dora Vargas and several brothers and sisters.

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