Ernest David "Ernie" "ED" Varga

  • Born: May 10, 1934
  • Died: August 14, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ernest David "Ernie" "Ed" Varga, 86, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with his family at his side and the beauty and serenity of nature just outside his window on May 14, 2020.

Ernie was born May 10, 1934 in Bellevue, Michigan, the son of George and Gizella (Seran) Varga. He grew up in Battle Creek, attended Post School, St. Philip Junior High, and Battle Creek Central High School. "Ed" as he was known in the service, joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and honorably served his country as a Navy Air Traffic Controller, serving aboard the USS Midway, USS Wasp, and the USS Constellation during the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring in 1971. He received numerous decorations with his unit and individually, including the Gallantry Cross from Vietnam. After the service, Ernie was employed at Eaton's in Battle Creek until they closed, at Post Cereals, and then for eight years at Denso Manufacturing.

Ernest D. Varga and Bertha Aileen DeSilva were married September 12, 1957 in Bermuda, where Bertha was born and raised. Surviving are his bride of 62 years; two daughters, Seran Varga of Battle Creek, Helen (Laurel Bowman) Varga of Imperial Beach, CA and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Irene Gore, Mary Green, Gizella Green; five brothers, George, Louis, Joseph, Julius and Robert.

Ernie was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where he volunteered on various committees, served as an usher, and assisted with the breakfasts. He helped with the Salvation Army lunches, and volunteered at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Ernie's favorite pastimes were traveling, especially to Disneyland, and feeding and watching the birds. He will be remembered for his love of children, tender heart for animals, and as a good husband and father.

A memorial service will be held on the lawn at St. Thomas Episcopal Church 12:00 noon Friday, August 21st with military honors to follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. The service will be Livestreamed and may be viewed at Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 16 E. Vanburen St., Battle Creek, MI 49017 or Humane Society of South Central Michigan, 2500 Watkins Road, Battle Creek, MI 49015.

Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Marty and I wish to express our deepest sympathy at this time. Ernie was a
wonderful and very kind person. He had a twinkle in his eye and a great sense of humor! We always enjoyed talking to Ernie at church. I know he will be missed by so many.

Posted by Sarah Hubbard - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   September 03, 2020

Ernie we will miss you most at our monthly dinners! Bernie always had to share with me whatever story you had told him that evening! We will miss your sense of humor and hugs! Heaven has certainly gained a great guy!

Posted by Becky Squires - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   May 21, 2020

Ernie Varga was full of grace and had a wonderful sense of humor. I will always fondly remember him as "Mr. Know It All", something he called himself when my family and I would enjoy his company at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Knowing he was a man of great faith, I know he is resting in eternal life. God Bless you!
My deepest sympathies, love and thoughts go out to Bertha, Seran and Helen.

-Anne Dixon
(or as Ernie would call me "Annie, the Queen of Siam". I will miss you and that sense of humor!)

Posted by Anne Dixon - Boise, ID - Friend   May 19, 2020

I was blessed to have had Uncle Ed as my uncle!
what an awesome guy!
He was always there for me, for which I will always be grateful!

I enjoyed hearing his fun stories from younger years in Bermuda, and from his travels in the U.S. Navy. I shall forever miss my Uncle Ed!
He was a good man, and I loved him dearly!

May you Rest in Peace Uncle Ed. You will remain in my heart forever.

Wayne DeSilva

Posted by Wayne DeSilva - Tucson, AZ - Family   May 17, 2020