John P. Wargen

John P. Wargen, 84, of Bark River, Mich., formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Oct. 28, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, Mich.

John was born in 1937 in Berwyn, the son of Nick and Emma, nee Braatz, Wargen. He attended Riverside-Brookfield High School and graduated with the class of 1955.

He married BettyLou, nee Suchomel, on Feb. 15, 1958, in Brookfield, and they shared 63 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on March 14, 2021.

John worked as a Hinsdale firefighter for many years until his retirement in 1985, after which he and BettyLou relocated to Bark River in the Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He enjoyed fishing and watching sports, and many summers were also spent vacationing at their cottage in the U.P. on Crooked Lake.

In addition to his parents and his wife, John was preceded in death by sister, Dorothy.

He is survived by his daughters, Bonnie (Tom) Lemke, Vicki (Dennis) Green and Nancy (Jim) Reilly; and his three grandchildren, Jessica Green, William Reilly and Jamie Reilly.

Funeral services are private.

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