Obit: Joseph Vargas


Joseph P. “Joe” Vargas, 52, of Davenport, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Davenport.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 422 E. 10th St., Davenport. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 4 until 7 p.m. at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport.

Memorials may be made to an educational fund for his children.

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Joe was born on May 1, 1967 in Davenport, a son of Carol (Carrillo) and Elias “Topper” Vargas, Sr. He attended Sacred Heart Cathedral and was a lifelong member from his First Communion until his passing. He earned his degree from the University of Iowa and was a commercial appraiser in the Assessor’s Office in Davenport for 25 years.

Joe married Tracey Martz on Sept. 22, 2001 at Olde St. Ann’s Church in Long Grove.

When his boys were young, Joe coached their soccer and baseball teams. Joe also enjoyed traveling, especially to tropical locations.

Survivors include his wife, Tracey; sons, Preston and Elias; father, Topper Vargas, all of Davenport; siblings, Francis (Jeanne) Vargas of Rock Falls, Illinois, Thomas (Kim) Vargas of Davenport, Loretta Vargas of Davenport, Elias Vargas, Jr. of Lombard, Illinois and David Vargas of Davenport; in-laws, Barb and Ken Bland; sister-in-law, Beckey Schocker (Mark), all of Wilton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, a sister, Andrea Vargas and one niece.