Having a great sense of humor, a little bit on the dry side, he had an easy smile and laugh. He was known amongst us kids as a really smart man, with interesting stuff to share. I was impressed to find out he had studied architecture at Texas Western. He went to school at Bowie High with my Dad and Joe Vargas, and grew up around Segundo Barrio where he met my mom's sister, Evagelina, and later married her.
It's no wonder he came back from the war with a distaste for camping. He worked his way through life, making himself useful anyway he could. He was a pillar of our society: a good neighbor, good son, good father, and good husband. Soft spoken, yet passionate. For 35 years, Mr. Vargas worked as a civil servant at White Sands Missile Range, then after retirement 20 more at Job Corp. Joe was married to Bertha for 70 years.
We must all thank them, now, in our hearts for their duty and sacrifice.
Richie's (obit) Joe's (obit) Rogelio's (obit)