July 5, 1938 - May 25, 2022
Kottickal V. Varghese, 83, Sugar Land, Houston, TX, passed away on May 25, 2022.
Varghese was born to, Varkey Kottickal (Pappachan) and Aliyamma Pulikkal on July 5, 1938 in Keezhillam of Ernakulam District, Kerala. He married Sosamma Chambakottukudiyil, from Ayakkad, of Ernakulam District, Kerala who passed away on November 4, 1998. He is survived by his son Joji and his daughter-in-law Sureka and their daughter Shreya. He is also survived by his siblings GeeVarghese, Mary and Lazar.
His career started as a Presidential Palace Guard of the Indian Army. While serving in the Indian Army, he participated all three major wars in 1962, 1964 and 1971. After retiring from the Army, he immigrated to USA and settled down with his wife in Houston, TX, where he worked for Houston METRO for 25 years. After his wife became ill in 1994, he took an early retirement to take care of her. After the death of his wife in 1998, he returned to India for charity work and began the KPF family home where mid-day meals were provided for the homeless and the poor. Finally, he returned to US to spend his retired life.
He was an early founding member of St. Thomas Orthodox Church in Houston. As an active member of the St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral Houston he was actively involved in its free food drive program until the Covid-19 pandemic breakout. Since Covid pandemic he became very involved in the Senior meeting via Zoom which he greatly enjoyed.
Varghese was a kind-hearted person who grieved with those in sorrow and pain. His moto was to give back to the communities where he lived and worked and considered this his duty.
Wake and funeral services:
St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral Houston 2411 5th St. Stafford, Tx 77477
June 9, 2022 at 5 PM
June 10, 2022 at 10 AM
June 10, 2022 at 1:30PM
Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery
12800 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77077.
A wake will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church in Stafford, TX. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 10, 2022 at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church. Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m., at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.
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