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Pedro "Pete" Vargas Garcia

Jul 11, 2013 - Staff

Pedro "Pete" Vargas Garcia died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. He was 79 years old.

A viewing will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Bustard's Funeral Home in Casper. A mass will be Saturday, July 13, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Casper. He will then be transported to Riverton for final services and internment. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Great Plains Hall in Arapahoe with a wake following, also at Great Plains Hall. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Interment will be at the St. Stephen's Catholic Cemetery.

Pedro Vargas Garcia was born Aug. 1, 1933, in Victoria, Texas, the son of Antonio and Tiadora Vargas Garcia.

He was known for his Mexican cuisine, and he worked as a Mexican chef and was in high demand at various restaurants in Casper.

In 1959, he met and fell in love with Ellen Rose Brown. They were together until her death in September 2000.

He is survived by a son, Pedro Garcia of Casper; daughter Juanita Garcia of Casper; the children he took as his own: sons Charlie Manderson of Riverton, Glen Smith and his wife Carolyn of Riverton, Ritchard McFarland Garcia of Casper, Ronnie Montoya and his wife Linda of Casper, Teno Montoya and his wife Raeleen of Riverton and Martin Montoya of Casper, and daughters Barbara Smith of Riverton, Alfreda Smith of Riverton, Geraldine Monroe of Riverton, Phyllis Garcia and her husband Rudy of Mills, Shirley Lango and her husband Martin of Casper and Uriah Smith of Casper; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Max and Koda Garcia, Esperanza Elencia, Azteca Nessa Roldan, Verenice, YoYo Anna, Lydia Garcia and Evan and Ashlyn Lango; extended family Donna Mae Manning of Casper, Steve and Amy Merwyn of Oregon, John (Sundog) Sunstrum and Tchanan Sunstrum of Oregon, Richie and Michelle Gross of Oregon and Colleen Regan of Rapid City, S.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Ellen Brown Garcia; brothers Leandro Garcia, Henery Garcia and Antonio Garcia; sisters Bernalda Gonzales and Carmen Casas; and daughters Merle Durgin, Catherine Friday and Terri Smith.

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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