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Enrique Alberto "Jerry" Vargas


1941 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Vargas, Enrique Alberto "Jerry"
May 20th, 1941 - February 13th, 2016. Our Jerry-our beloved, wise, benevolent, adventurous, Master of life was called home on Saturday, February 13th, 2016. Jerry was born in Ensenada, Puerto Rico. He attended Rice High School in Brooklyn, NY. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as a Medic. While in the service he became interested in Computer Science and subsequently, after his honorable discharge, worked in the field for St. Luke's Hospital and AT & T. He met the love of his life, Zulma Rosa, in 1963. They were married in 1965 and were blessed with 2 beautiful daughters, Karen and Suzanne. He and Zulma are also the proud grandparents of Nathan Benedix born in July 2007. Jerry's love for the Eastern Arts and culture, along with his interest and respect for Native American wisdom and spirituality were his essence. He attained the level of Hanshi in the Kara Ryu Budo system under the tutelage and deeply profound friendship of Master/founder, Chris Rossman. His vocation to humanity through this way of life was undeniably his greatest contribution to the world. He and Zulma have traveled the world even though they've called Cave Creek, AZ their home since moving from Flanders, NJ in 1995. In Flanders he dedicated much of his time to the Mt. Olive Volunteer Fire Co. & Rescue Squad. Enrique truly enjoyed people, life, horses and the desert. He came to be known as "The Cactus Kid" working as a guide for Johnny Ringo's, Care Free Adventures. He lived his way of life completely, touching the hearts and minds of all in his presence with love, humor and genuine friendship. He is survived by his wife Zulma, his daughters and their families: Karen Vargas, her life partner, Guy Jennings; Suzanne Vargas-Bendix, her husband, Kelly and their sons, Nathan, William and Seth; his sister Zulma Vargas-Marcial, her husband, Walterio and their 4 grown children and families: Henri & daughter Oriana; Laurence, wife Christine & children: Dominique, Jacob, David; Daphne Wood, husband Dan & son James; and Enid Berg, husband John and daughter Olivia; and sister-in-law, Faith Vargas. He was predeceased by his parents, Lydia and Eustacio Vargas; and his siblings, Nestor Arnold Vargas & Ladys Nydia Vargas. Services will be held at Messinger Mortuaries, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. on Thursday, February 18th. The viewing will be 9:45 am sharp. There will be a Chapel Service 11:00am.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 18, 2016
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