MONROE, MO, USA U.S. Army SPC, 984TH MP COMPANY, 759TH MP BATTALION, FORT CARSON, CO BAGHDAD, IRAQ 07/15/2007
Specialist Robert D. Varga of Monroe City, Missouri, died on July 15, 2007, from non-combat related injuries in Baghdad. Rob and his wife, Ellie Madder Stone, called Little Rock, Arkansas, home and were married on September 5, 2006.
According to Spc. Varga’s mother, Cecilia Varga, he was in the Army to serve his country and further his education. He came from a military family: his father served in Vietnam, grandfather served in World War II, and two brothers-in-law served in Iraq. Spc. Varga joined the Army in 2003 and was originally deployed as a cook with the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 759th Military Police Battalion.
After his first deployment, he switched duties and trained with the military police. He was then assigned to the 984th Military Police Company in October 2005. He received many military honors, including the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and National Defense Service Medal. Family members remembered him for his outgoing personality and his love of cooking and drawing.
He is survived by his wife, Ellie; his father and mother, Frank and Cecilia Varga; sisters Pamela Poelker, Carey Noland, and Amanda Reimann; paternal grandmother, Marge Varga; maternal grandparents, Glen and Charlotte Little, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.