Fergus Michael Van Wart
Fergus Michael Van Wart, Jr., passed away on February 10, 2020, in Metairie, Louisiana.
Born on August 19, 1926, in Dallas, Texas, Fergus was the son of the late Fergus Michael Van Wart, Sr., and Dorothy Boren Van Wart. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy Camden Van Wart, and he was the loving father of Marcy V. Massengale, Fergus Michael Van Wart III, and Elaine V. Harmon. He was also the loving father-in-law of the late Frank Massengale, Roy Harmon, Cindy Van Wart, Erica Harmon, Fritz Kiehle, and Laura McGirr. Fergus was the proud grandfather of Ashley Massengale, Ryan Harmon, and Tori Van Wart, and the great-grandfather of Camden McGirr Massengale and Ella Harmon.
Fergus graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas and immediately joined the U. S. Navy to fight for our country during World War II. He was assigned to the USS Bergan. Throughout the duration of the war, he drove a Higgins boat, transporting troops from the ship, while under fire, to island beachheads in various Pacific campaigns, including Okinawa. After the war, Fergus earned a degree in business from the University of Houston. In his 70’s, Fergus invented a lifting device, called the Getty Up Stick, to enable seniors to get up out of a chair or sofa with ease. Due to Fergus’s original design, he was granted a patent by the US Patent Office. His family is incredibly proud of his accomplishment.
Friends and relatives are invited to the funeral service at E. J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Ave., Covington, Louisiana, on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 11:00 am, with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Interment will follow for family members at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Covington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Fergus to the Wounded Warrior Project.