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“I didn't know of his passing but didn't get to add the light a candle to my original memory that I added a few minutes ago. I will not forget him...Read More »
1 of 57 | Posted by: Mary Ann Prohaska - Coralville, IA

“Chuck was one of the hall monitors that also supervised the study hall when I was a student there. I never had a problem with him. He always seemed...Read More »
2 of 57 | Posted by: Mary Ann Prohaska - Coralville, IA

“I started to work at Durham school services as a school bus driver in April 2008. Chuck was my driving instructor. To me chuck was always easy going...Read More »
3 of 57 | Posted by: Michael Thoe - Iowa City, IA

“I worked with Chuck and the Youth Group at 1st United Methodist church in Mechanicsville Iowa, Introduced by Stephanie Brinkman. He was wonderful...Read More »
4 of 57 | Posted by: Jan kuda - Cedar Rapids, IA

“To Ruth and Leon-My sincere condolences to you both and your families. My Dad used to bowl with Del and my sister Laurie was a good friend and...Read More »
5 of 57 | Posted by: Sandy Dennis - West Branch, IA

“We knew Chuck for many years through church and West High and kept in touch via Facebook. It was always a joy to run into him because he was usually...Read More »
6 of 57 | Posted by: Barry & Roxie Bedford - IA

“I was so saddened by his death. He was such a respectful young man. God has taken him home and I feel he is where he will be in God's hand. ”
7 of 57 | Posted by: Phyllis Urban - Iowa City , IA

“So sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. He was always sweet and kind with a wonderful smile. ”
8 of 57 | Posted by: Mary Gutierrez - Bellflower, CA

“Ruth and Leon, We are so sorry that we missed the visitation and funeral. We totally spaced it off. Sorry for your loss. Chuck was a very...Read More »
9 of 57 | Posted by: John & Shirley Green - Iowa City, IA

“I just learned of Charlie's death. I am shocked and saddened. I was a high school friend and teammate (football and wrestling). Charlie was a...Read More »
10 of 57 | Posted by: Thad Collins - Coralville, IA

“I'm a daughter of Roy and Joyce Vargason, I didn't know Chuck, but I knew his father Delbert who was my first cousin and Uncle Clint and Aunt Edna....Read More »
11 of 57 | Posted by: Gloria Kray (Vargason) - Newhall, IA

“I remember playing with Chuckie as children. We lived a few houses away until I moved away in high school. At our 20 year reunion I remember...Read More »
12 of 57 | Posted by: Julie Gorvin Knapp - Mahomet, IL

“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Chuck. Like so many of us today we share parts of our lives together, only to drift away and not...Read More »
13 of 57 | Posted by: Scott Forbes - Princeton, IA

“I was only at West High School for senior year, so I don't remember everyone from our graduating class. When I heard about Chuck's passing, I...Read More »
14 of 57 | Posted by: Michael Hayes - Leander, TX

“I met Chuck in high school when I was at City High School where he watched over the halls and was a friend to all. I remember being with him at...Read More »
15 of 57 | Posted by: Daniel Wittenberg - Le Roy, IL

“Thinking of the good times we had together:) Chuck was such a good friend and mentor to our youngest son, Joseph, and a friend to us,too! We love...Read More »
16 of 57 | Posted by: Alan and Flo Brinkmann - IA

“i met chuck in the mid 80's when we worked for systems unlimited in iowa city.chuck was a very personable man & we became friends from the start.i...Read More »
17 of 57 | Posted by: wayne cleveland - iowa city, IA

“i met chuck in the mid 80's when we worked for systems unlimited in iowa city.chuck was a very personable man & we became friends from the start.i...Read More »
18 of 57 | Posted by: wayne cleveland - iowa city, IA

“I knew Chuck casually through the gym for years. He was a great guy and I am saddened to hear of his passing. I wish his family well during this...Read More »
19 of 57 | Posted by: Melinda Haley - Iowa City, IA

“I am sorry for your loss. I remember chuck when I was a student at West High School. ”
20 of 57 | Posted by: Kristy Benson-Taylor - Iowa City, IA

“I am so sorry to hear of Chuck's death! He was a unique guy in my high school life -- gentle, smiling and caring. God be with you all as you mourn...Read More »
21 of 57 | Posted by: Karen Field Edlund - Rochester, MN

“Ruth and Leon, I am so sorry for the grief you must feel at Chuck's passing. I didn't know him well but my impression was he was always very kind to...Read More »
22 of 57 | Posted by: Evelyn (Benda) Moore - Coralville, IA

“Hello to Chuck's Family and Friends, Chuck was a little 'BIG' boy when I knew him best. He was probably 7 or 8 years old when I first met him thru...Read More »
23 of 57 | Posted by: Rex Brandstatter - Coralville, IA

“Chuck's passing rocked me deeply. Such a kind and gentle man.... we enjoyed many a laugh. My condolences to his family. God bless you, Chuck. ”
24 of 57 | Posted by: Mike Rose - Iowa City, IA

“It is with shock and sadness that I have come to hear of Chucks passing. Although I only saw him every six weeks or so, I felt I knew him so well. I...Read More »
25 of 57 | Posted by: Monty Hendricks - Coralville, IA

“Chuck and I were quite the duo here at West High. I worked with Chuck for many years, continurd to see and talk to Chuck as he drove the school but,...Read More »
26 of 57 | Posted by: Marlisa Batie - Coralville, IA

“As a 2001 graduate of West High School I had the opportunity to interact with Chuck who was then a WHS employee. Im filled with memories of his...Read More »
27 of 57 | Posted by: Mike Swim - Long Beach, CA

“My earliest memories of Coach Vargason are from the wrestling room at South East Junior High. Quite honestly, I didn't know until reading the other...Read More »
28 of 57 | Posted by: Dirk Stadtlander - Pueblo, CO

“Chuck was an institution at West High. He was the type of person that everyone listened to and was always able to give you guidance or assistance...Read More »
29 of 57 | Posted by: Luke Schnoebelen - Kansas City, MO

“I met Chuck about 15 years ago when we were at the same church. I'll never forget the day he approached me and said he would like to hang out some...Read More »
30 of 57 | Posted by: Joe Brinkmann - Cedar Rapids, IA

“So sorry to hear about this. I remember Chuck from High School and he was such a great guy. Always laughing, smiling, and making everyone around him...Read More »
31 of 57 | Posted by: tonyia polman - west liberty, IA

“Very sorry, Ruth and your family for the loss of your son. Sending thoughts and prayers. ”
32 of 57 | Posted by: Marolyn Honts - Iowa City, IA

“Chuck was an amazing man, whom I had the blessing of knowing as a friend. He was my youth leader even when we didn't have a youth pastor. He helped...Read More »
33 of 57 | Posted by: Joel Forman - Olympia, WA

“I met Chuck when I worked at Durham School Services. He was one of my trainers there and always made sure that I was having a good day. He knew that...Read More »
34 of 57 | Posted by: Christopher Hovis - Iowa City, IA

“You will be dearly missed.. You were one of the best study hall monitors at west high. I remember you always patrolling the hallways between classes,...Read More »
35 of 57 | Posted by: Laurabelle Seagren - IA

“I met Chuck several years ago through mutual friends in a prayer group. He is loved by many and will be missed by all of us. We wish him peace,...Read More »
36 of 57 | Posted by: Lynelle Mellecker - Kalona, IA

“Chuck was always that one staff member at WHS who you could count on to not only be friendly and conversational, but to also hold you accountable. I...Read More »
37 of 57 | Posted by: Ryan Piper - North Liberty, IA

“My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone touched by Chuck. He was a great bus driver friend and Co-worker! He will be in our hearts forever ”
38 of 57 | Posted by: joni - iowa City, IA

“My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone touched by Chuck. He was a great bus driver friend and Co-worker! He will be in our hearts forever ”
39 of 57 | Posted by: joni - iowa City, IA

“My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone touched by Chuck. He was a great bus driver friend and Co-worker! He will be in our hearts forever ”
40 of 57 | Posted by: joni - iowa City, IA

“We always appreciated Chuck's heart and his love for God. His quiet confidence in who he was, and more importantly, who God is, was inspiring. We...Read More »
41 of 57 | Posted by: Marvin and Joia Eales - Mt.Vernon, IA

“Chuck was such a fun person and I remember him fondly from moments at West High. The world lost such a happy and fondly remembered guy. Thoughts and...Read More »
42 of 57 | Posted by: Amber - Hills, IA

“I worked at Durham School bus services with Chuck and had the pleasure of knowing him for several years. He always had a smile on his face whenever...Read More »
43 of 57 | Posted by: Julie Spencer - Iowa City, IA

“We always loved your fun conversations at the bike shop and book store. Our Condolences to family and friends. ”
44 of 57 | Posted by: Brittany & Kevin MCCONNELL - IA

“Chuck was one of those people that was hard to avoid whether it was trying to get by him to play basketball when you were supposed to be in class or...Read More »
45 of 57 | Posted by: Jake Knosp - North Liberty, IA

“Chuck was a friendly smile and mild demeanor for such a big guy, with a heart to match his size. I really enjoyed chatting with Chuck in the commons...Read More »
46 of 57 | Posted by: Sean Pearl - North Liberty, IA

“Vargason family you are all in our prayer's. I remember the days at the Coralville Fire Dept when Del, and Chuck would stop in. R.I.P. God Bless You...Read More »
47 of 57 | Posted by: Daniel and Donna Hayslett - IA

“You'll be missed bud ”
48 of 57 | Posted by: Jason Shibata - Chicago, IL

“I remember him keeping a sort of sentinel-like watch over the halls of City High. I never knew the man to be in a bad mood. Really sorry to hear of...Read More »
49 of 57 | Posted by: Ryan Baumbach

“So saddened by the loss of this hilarious & kind hearted man. HE was such a great person to see in the halls during my high school days. He ...Read More »
50 of 57 | Posted by: Melissa Steapp (Black) - IA

“Sorry for your loss Ruth and Leon we have been there a few times with dad 2000 Janet 2009 sherry 2012 our prayers and thoughts are with you all. ”
51 of 57 | Posted by: Bernice Augustin diane berg

“I remember Chuck from my time at West High. He was always such a bright spot in my day, whether I saw him in the hallway or as I passed by the study...Read More »
52 of 57 | Posted by: Margaret - Iowa City

“So sorry for your lost. Chuck worked at West High when I was a student. We always talked basketball but we often talked about life. I appreciate all...Read More »
53 of 57 | Posted by: Glen Worley - San Diego , CA

“Chuck and I shared the same home room throughout junior high and high school. The thing's that I remember the most are his smile, laughter, and...Read More »
54 of 57 | Posted by: Scott White - Altoona, IA

“So very sorry for your loss. Chuck was one of a kind and I know how proud you were of him. He will be missed ”
55 of 57 | Posted by: Vickie (Vosburg) Allen - IA

“I had the good fortune of meeting Chuck recently, and working with him quite a bit in the last month. His impact in that short time was immense. ...Read More »
56 of 57 | Posted by: Susan Bethel - Coralville

“Chuck was the youth group leader at the Mechanicsville Methodist church for a couple of years & worked with our younger two sons. They enjoyed...Read More »
57 of 57 | Posted by: Paul & Julie Lawrence - IA


Charles D. "Chuck" Vargason, 51, longtime resident of Iowa City, and Coralville, died suddenly Friday, February 7, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 1 pm Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made in Chuck's memory to the American Heart Association or to the charity of your choice in his memory. Online condolences can be sent for his family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

Charles David Vargason was born February 3, 1963, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; the son of Delbert E. and Ruth Ella (Van Sant) Vargason. Growing up in Coralville he attended schools in the Iowa City Community District, Coralville Central Elementary, Kirkwood Elementary, Northwest Junior High, and Graduated from West High School in 1981. He then attended and graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in English Literature. For a time he lived and coached in Lake Stevens, Washington. But he returned to Iowa City where for a number of years worked for the school district.

Chuck enjoyed his life, his vast travels around the world, the many friends he made growing up and ones during his adult years from all over, his avid love for the Iowa Hawkeyes, men or women, football, basketball and of course wrestling as he still had it in his blood from high school days at West High! He was known to be quite the cook, often using his produce from his gardens; you could find him at the gym keeping that large frame of a man, fit. If you didn't know Chuck, that didn't last long, he didn't want to be a stranger to anyone! He was always looking to help those that needed help the most, those in our world that didn't have what they needed, Chuck made sure they knew that they had a friend. He shared his love of God with all he met.

His family includes his mother and step-father; Ruth and Richard Moel of Marion; brother and his wife, Leonard and Lynn Vargason of Cedar Rapids; three nieces, Alica, Cynthia, and Ericka; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Delbert and grandparents.