ST. PAUL - Walter L. Vargason, 77, of St. Paul died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Martha Voigt will officiate. Masonic rites will be conducted by the St. Paul Masonic Lodge 82 AF & AM. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul, with military honors by the Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 of St. Paul.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul.
Mr. Vargason was born April 21, 1935, in Newport to Walter H. and Agatha (Peacock) Vargason.
Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Linda of St. Paul; a brother, Charles and a sister, Agatha Marie.
He was raised in the Episcopal faith. He was raised in Ainsworth and graduated from Ainsworth High School. He entered the U.S. Army where he served from 1956 until 1959 in the Security Agency. Walt was united in marriage to Linda Murphy on April 2, 1971, in Grand Island. The couple moved to Grand Island in 1974 and Walt began working for the City of Grand Island in the Engineering Department. He became the Street Superintendent for the City of Grand Island, retiring in 1997.
Upon retirement, the couple moved to St. Paul. For the past several years, Walt was a funeral assistant at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul.
Walt enjoyed music, fishing and reading. Walt and Linda enjoyed going on cruises in the Carribean. He volunteered playing music for Heritage Living Center, Howard County Medical Center and Matelyn Retirement Community, all in St. Paul and for many years played in a dance band.
He was a currently a member of the St. Paul Masonic Lodge serving as Worshipful Master in St. Paul and Grand Island, when he was a member of that lodge. He was a past member of the Scottish Rite 32nd degree of the Shriners. He also served on the University of Nebraska Technological Transfer Center Advisory Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Elmer and Alvin and two sisters, Vivian and Dorothy.
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Published by The Grand Island Independent on Apr. 13, 2013.