Mar 26, 2031 – May 17, 2010
Robert M. Gargus, 79, of Louisa, formerly of Northern Virginia, passed away Monday, May 17, 2010. He was born March 26, 1931 in Bay, MO to Matthew L. Gargus and Lena Meuller Gargus. Robert was an active member of both Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Buckner and St. Jude Catholic Church in Mineral.
Robert leaves behind his wife of 39 years; Mary Ellen Gargus, sons; Keith Gargus of NC, Kevin Gargus of MO, John Gargus and his wife Deborah of PA, daughters; Karen Ware and husband Chris of Stafford, Colleen Juras and husband Paul of NC, a sister; Pat Lemmons and husband Jim of NM, grandchildren; Melissa Certo, Michael Certo, Matthew Ware, Sean Caldwell, Ryan Caldwell and Margot Gargus. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Maynard Gargus and Homer Gargus and sister Bernice Bingham.
The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Woodward Funeral Home in Louisa with a prayer service beginning at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 20, 2010 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Mineral. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.
Mary Ellen and family,You have my heart-felt sympathy. As you know Bob meant an awful lot to me and I will miss him and our frequent conversations. I had such a great time learning the pro tape business from Bob. He was not only my boss, but a friend and mentor as well.I am glad he is no longer in pain and that he is at peace. We all could share a million Bob” stories as I am sure we will for years to come.My thoughts and prayers are with you all as the world is not quite as good today with the loss of Bob but heaven is that much better off. My heart is heavy and sadden today but his memories will heal us all.Sincerely John and Elaine”
Dear Bob,With your 5 children who are standing before you today, who stood there with you in your yesterday`s, and will stand there with their children in the tomorrows is your legency, your circle of life, your circle that has no end. Your circle that gave me my daughter, Margot, and you a granddaugther, thank you. I will miss you, and I love you.Deborah Gargus
Dear Mary Ellen,We remember when we first met you and Bob in September 1978 when we moved into our new house in Burke, VA. The builder had not connected the stove, but there you and Bob were, lending us the things we needed at the moment.Since that day we were friends, enjoying you both being such kind and thoughtful neighbors, getting together, having fun, both in Burke and also later when we both lived at Lake Anna.And we really enjoyed our trip to Spain together when Bob ate everything that was put in front of him, not even asking what it was between all the sight seeing trips to Gibraltar, Alhambra etc.Our thoughts are with you and the family at this difficult time. Jane and Francisco Garcia
I guess I most remember Bob as being so different from his brother, my dad. He was so outgoing, dare I say loud he had that big, booming voice, where my dad was quiet and shy. Yet, I know how much my dad loved him, respected him, and valued his opinion. This makes me love Uncle Bob for being able to see him through my dad`s eyes. I wish I got to know him better!! Childhood memories are so precious. I know he will be remembered by me and others with great love, so hopefully this will bring some comfort, and may God give you strength and peace!!
Mary Ellen,Sorry for your loss. I`ve thought about you and Bob many times over the years since I`ve left Maxell. Bob was a fun loving, generous and a truly great guy. Enjoyed my experience knowing him as a person and collegue.He will be truly missed.Sincerely,Joe Campbell
Mary Ellen,Bob was one wonderful, giant-hearted man and will be missed by so many who loved and respected him. I`ll never forget the fun I had working for him in Burke and all his wonderful stories about growing up in Missouri. Jerry and I still talk about our group trip to Guatemala and Bob`s penchant for `baquette bread`. We loved him, M.E., and we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of his family.Linda, Jerry & Chris Meier
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have so many wonderful memories of your husband and Dad from our many visits to Lake Anna over the years.
Colleen, very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My prayers are with you and your family.
Dear Mary Ellen,I was so sad to hear that Bob has passed away. Though it`s been so many years since I left Maxell you both were always very special to me. Bob was the greatest and will surely be missed by all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.Sincerely,Chris Delis
With thousands of memories of wonderful times we will remember Bob. We`ll miss his great generosity, warmth, zest for life, and love for his family and friends. Good bye Bob, you are loved by many.
We all are fortunate to have been touched by such a kind, warm, generous and gregarious human being.When you are sorrowful look again in your heart and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” ~Kahlil Gibran”
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Colleen ~ I am so sorry to hear about your dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and I pray that you find comfort and peace. Love, Lynne
I had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Gargus over the past two years. I feel so blessed to have known him. His love of life, laughter, and strength will always be remembered. From his many stories that he was able to share with me, I know that he had a great and adventurous life. May the Lord bring you peace at this time.
Mary EllenSo sorry to hear of your loss. Kim and I think about you and Bob quite often. We have really missed both of you.
Dear Mary Ellen, We were so sorry to see Bob`s obit in the Post. We always enjoyed talking to you both at I.C. Our prayers are with you thru this tough time. Shirley and Ralph Carestia
I always loved being around Bob as a kid. His booming voice and imposing figure was so impressive to me. As I grew into a high school football player it was just so cool” to have a former Pro around the family especially at Redskin tailgates. He was a fun-loving and warm guy.”
Mary Ellen,Our deepest sympathy for your loss of dear Bob. We will always remember him as larger than life” always postive always full of energy and very creative. Who else would have autos in the basement of a townhouse or keep a motor safe by hiding it in the woods or wear a child`s army helmet while jumping off the diving board into the pool or bid 7 hearts while only having 10 points in his hand.Only our Bob would dare do these things. We are sure you can write a book with Bobisms. We regret the last months were so hard on both you and Bob but we pray the hard times will help you remember all the great experiences you had together. Our love Charlie and Monica”
Bob was a magnificent character, an extraordinary friend, and an outstanding colleague during and following our working days together. I will always remember his fun loving humor, his dedicated work ethic and especially his incredible voice.I will always cherish the memory of our wonderful telephone conversation just a few weeks ago as well as the previous call when he told me of your plans to come out to Colorado. I was certainly looking forward to seeing both of you again after so many years.He will be very painfully missed by everyone who knew him and leaves a legacy of principles and values that everyone should strive to emulate and reiterate for the rest of their lives.I truly wish we lived closer so I could be there to pay my last respects and attend the services. My thoughts and prayers are with you.With much love and respect,George McBride