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Henry Hank George Vargo

1936 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Henry Hank George Vargo Obituary
VARGO Henry Hank George Vargo of Jacksonville, Florida passed away peacefully, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the age of 77. Born on September 17, 1936 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania to Henry C. and Anna R. (Masarik) Vargo. He graduated from Saint Vincent College Preparatory School in 1953 and then was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated on June 4, 1958. On June 5, 1958, he married the former Josephine Ann Littler in Annapolis, Maryland. Hank served in the United States Navy for 20 years as a Surface Warfare Officer and was decorated with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for actions in the Vietnam conflict amongst his numerous other awards. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1978 and was employed as a Naval Science Instructor for the Navy Junior ROTC Program at Harborcreek, Northeast High Schools and at William Allen High School, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he retired in June 1998. He and his wife, Joanne, then relocated to Jacksonville, Florida. Hank was a life-long Pittsburgh Steeler fan and an avid golfer. He was also the former Commander of the American Legion Post in Northeast, Pennsylvania. His passions were watching movies, reading and visiting with his children and grandchildren. Hank is survived by his brother, Thomas E. and his wife, Judith Vargo of Woodland Park, Colorado; six children, Roberta (Curt) Levsen of Enoch, Utah, H. Vance Vargo and his wife Susan of Saginaw, Michigan, John T. Vargo of Jacksonville, Florida, Matthew A. Vargo and his wife Susan of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Phillip A. Vargo and his wife Susan of New Castle, Pennsylvania, and Maurann (Mark) Hakun of Gambrills, Maryland; one niece, thirteen grandchildren and a great grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anna, and his wife, Josephine Ann in 2000. A celebration of life and Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 5th, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11665 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville and a Memorial reception at American Legion Post 316 off Atlantic Avenue shortly thereafter. His remains will be interred at the Columbarium at the United States Naval Academy in October. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that all contributions be made to the USNA Alumni Association for maintenance of the Columbarium and grounds. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St. Johns Bluff Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32225. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at Please Sign the Guestbook @
Published in the Florida Times-Union on June 15, 2014
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