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Vargo, Richard

d. March 29, 2012

Richard Harvey Vargo, age 82, of Springfield, formerly from Michigan, passed away on Thursday March 29, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Richard was born December 4, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary Barbara Vargo, and his grandson, David James Falkenburg.

He is survived by his children; Sheila (Gordon) Miles, Deborah Ashley, Stephen Vargo (Michael Perry), Kathleen (George) DeNardo, Annette (Daniel) Fay, Dolores Christianson (fiancé Wayne Ryder), Barbara (Ricky) Wice, and Annie (Monte) Maliongas; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Richard retired as head custodian at Grosse Ile High School in Michigan where he was fondly known as “Mutha”. In the Springfield area he was known as the “Mr. Hooter Man”.

Richard is a Korean War veteran who served for the Army Air Corp and later in the Michigan Air National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post #32 in Springfield.

Visitation will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home, where friends may call from 6:00 until time of funeral services at 7:00 PM on Friday. Cremation rites will be accorded after services.

Interment of remains will be held at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown, Michigan at a later date.

Memorials can be made to the Athens United Methodist Church.


  1. My deepest thoughts and sympathy to all the family! Especially my best friend Barb and her husband Rick and children. I meant Richard through Barb and he was a wonderful person and it was a privilege to have gotten to spend time with him when he visited PA. He will be truly missed by all!

  2. He who is compassionate is everywhere beloved; by the kind and good he is prized as a friend and at death his heart is full of peace. My father is at peace and he was truly LOVED.

  3. My condolences to the entire family. I am a friend and co-worker of his grand daughter, Vickey from Ohio, and understand the love she has for her Papa from all the wonderful stories she shared recently. He was in her thoughts especially within the past several months due to health issues, and hope the family finds peace and warmth in all the personal memories and stories they can share with each other.

  4. My heartfelt condolences to the entire Vargo family. Your father is in the memories of so many from Grosse Ile. I am thankful for those. Until we meet again.

  5. Thinking of you at this time Vickey an Doug an family

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