Gary Vargason, 82, Foley

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Gary Vargason, 82

Foley, Minnesota

Oct. 6, 1937-April 19, 2020

Gary Vargason, 82, of Foley, died April 19 at his home surrounded by his family. A private family visitation took place April 25 at the Foley Funeral Home. Private burial followed at North Star Cemetery, St. Cloud. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Rehwaldt officiated. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Vargason was born Oct. 6, 1937 in Litchfield, Minnesota to George and Lucille (Nesseth) Vargason. He graduated from Litchfield High School and the University of Minnesota with a degree in mortuary science. After working for three years as a funeral director in Virginia, Minnesota he began working as an insurance adjuster which he did until his retirement in 2010. He married Carol Markfort on May 18, 2013 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Foley. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time at the lake. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Foley.

Survivors include his wife and best friend, Carol, Foley; children: Eve (John) Chisholm and Tara (Jon) Mendel, all of Sartell; John, Kentucky; Jordan (Mary), Duluth; and Hallie (Randy) Dufner, Melrose; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and his faithful dog, Sam. He is also survived by his step-children: Keith (Lori) Landowski, Foley; Tim (Bonnie) Landowski, St. Cloud; Kim Trigg, Foley, eight step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren; his special friends: Bob Frappier, Carol Miller, Jim and Lynnae Frappier and many other friends; an aunt, Barb Goemer, California; and seven brothers- and sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Author: Janelle Von Pinnon

Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.

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