Joe Vargas, 87, peacefully passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014, surrounded by his six daughters and his grandchildren. Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Rosary: 6 p.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Memorials: As an alternative to flowers, the Vargas family suggests donations be made in Joe's memory to Honor Flight DFW. Mail to 10455 North Central Expwy., Suite 109-195, Dallas, Texas 75231 or visit www.honorflightdfw.org
. Joe was born March 18, 1926, in Austin to Gavino Vargas and Augustina Briseno Vargas. He married Hope Saldana Vargas on Feb. 9, 1947, and together they were lifelong residents of Fort Worth. Joe was a proud World War II
veteran, commissioned June 30, 1944, in the United States Army
, Company E, 28th Infantry Battalion, and bravely fought at the Battle of the Bulge. Joe was wounded in combat and received a Purple Heart
and multiple service medals. Following his military deployment Joe had a distinguished career with the United States Postal Service. After his retirement from the Postal Service he continued to serve his community as a Deputy for the Tarrant County Sherriff's Department. Joe was a loving husband, father and grandfather and his family was his greatest joy. He dedicated his adult life to encouraging and supporting his children and grandchildren in all of their endeavors, always stressing the importance of honor and education. He took great pride in his family and enjoyed hosting them at his home on Lake Worth. Joe was a founding member of the Pan American Golf Association of Fort Worth. The family wishes to thank the staff at Plaza Medical Center and Broadway Plaza for their kindness and compassion in treating Joe. Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Hope Saldana Vargas, in February 2009; his parents, Gavino Vargas and Augustina Briseno Vargas; and siblings, Robert Bargas, Martin Vargas, Minnie Chazaretta and Jean Silva. Survivors: Daughters, Dee Vargas and husband, Scott Kidd, Diana Vargas and husband, Robert Cruz, Janet Vargas and John Bock, Catherine Vargas-Severin and husband, Jim Severin, Rosanne Vargas, Joanne Vargas Ballou and husband, Dan Ballou; grandchildren, Elizabeth de La Garza Vargas and husband, Carlos Garcia, Monica de La Garza Napier and husband, Rob Napier, Joseph Vargas Bock, Scott Vargas Kidd, Andrea Vargas Severin Goins and husband, Ryan Goins, Jacqueline Vargas Bock and fiance, Rizwan Mohammed, Samantha Vargas Baldwin Hozbo and husband, Dzemil Hozbo, Jordan Vargas Bock, Emilia Abigail Ballou, Mary Hope Ballou, Grant Vargas Baldwin; great-grandchildren, Elisa Vargas Garcia, Gabriella Hope Napier, Brooklin Hozbo, Camden Hozbo; and cherished sister, Annie Trujillo.