Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

1701 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC


Franklin Carl Vagle

June 2, 1945December 28, 2019

Franklin Carl Vagle, 74, of Raleigh, NC, passed away on December 28, 2019.

Frank was born in Kittson County, MN on June 2, 1945. He graduated from Lake Bronson High School and attended Bemidji State College, where he was a member of the Alpha Nu Omega fraternity. Frank married Penny Laws Vagle on July 4, 1978; they were married for 41 years.

Frank enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in April 1968. After graduating from the Defense Language Institute (DLI) proficient in Vietnamese, Frank served as an Artillery Scout Observer and Surveyor in the Vietnam War. While in the service, Frank earned several awards and decorations including the Combat Action Ribbon, Rifle Expert Badge, Vietnam Service medal, and Vietnam Campaign medal with device. He attained the rank of Corporal before being honorably discharged in December 1970.

Upon completion of his military service, Frank worked at General Mills/Goodmark Foods/ConAgra for over 30 years. He started in research and development in Minneapolis, MN and later was transferred to Raleigh, NC where he worked in quality control until he retired in 2007.

He enjoyed playing a variety of sports including softball, golf, basketball, football, snow skiing, water skiing, bowling, and worked as a lifeguard growing up. Frank was an avid Minnesota Vikings and NC State University football team fan. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Penny, throughout the Caribbean.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Penny Laws Vagle; brothers Lowell Vagle, Chuck Vagle, and Dennis Vagle. His extended family also includes a large number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Anna Holmgren and Carl Vagle, and his oldest brother, Gerald Vagle.

Remarks of remembrance will be made on January 5, 2020 at 2pm with visitation following from 3:00-4:00pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home (1701 East Millbrook Road).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to America VetDogs (AVD, vetdogs.org) 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, New York, 11787-2976. AVD is a non-profit that provides service dogs to United States veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities, enhancing mobility and renewing independence.

Semper Fi!


  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 5, 2020


Franklin Carl Vagle

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Jonathon Vagle

January 4, 2020

Frank is my Great Uncle and while he may have lived far away he was always a part of the family, every reunion he attended he brought his pet mice, you can see them on the table, for kids throughout the generations, he put smiles on all our faces. His huge smile and laugh will be in my memories always, I love and will miss you Uncle Frank,

Thank You For your Service!

Charlie Millard

January 4, 2020

Frank was one of the first people I met when I moved to Raleigh and the Lakes back in 1974. I have many fond memories of Frank over the years. My deepest sympathies go out to Penny and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Frank.

Pam Steien

January 3, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Frank's passing. He and I lifeguarded together in Lake Bronson in the 1960s. We also water-skied together many days a week before and after lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons. Frank, Jim (our fellow lifeguard) and I would put on a water ski show every summer on what was then called "Swim Day" - a gathering of all students who attended lessons for the summer. We would end each show with a pyramid - a unique thing to be doing in our small town. Frank and Jim were both excellent skiers so I knew they could be trusted as they supported me on their shoulders. Frank was a great guy, fun to be with, ski with and work with! God's blessings to family and friends as you grieve the loss of your husband, father, uncle, sibling and friend!

Kim Gilbert

January 2, 2020

I will never forget you bringing me slim jims. Xoxo

Kim Gilbert

January 2, 2020

One of my favorite patients at Wainright and Wassel. I will miss you Frank. RIP.

Walt D'Allaird

January 1, 2020

Many an Hour was spent bending Elbow''s at the Lakes Club House, TKTripps, Duffy's and Hibernia Pt (Kerr lake) in Good Cheer and Fellowship. I'll raise my Next one to Frank, Penny, Friends and Family because we were family. YOU are Missed.

Fran Wilson (Burdette)

January 1, 2020

Frank was the best man when Jim and I got married. Like others from the Lakes group of friends, many great memories made at Kerr Lake. Lots of time spent at TK Tripp’s and Duffys. RIP Frank.

Diana Barbour

December 31, 2019

As tears blur my vision, my memories of Frank's friendship thru all these years remain so clear and many in number that I will treasure always. Frank was the cog in , "The Lakes Family Wheel of Fortune". We were all so blessed to have been a part of his life. His veiled chuckle and open arms were the best. Until we meet again, Frank, hold those clubhouse doors in the sky ..open wide .We will all be together again so keep those darts sharp, cue stick chalked and frisbee flight ready. I have always loved you and Penny. Goodnight, rest in the peace of knowing that you did it all and your way.

Anne & Ben Owens

December 31, 2019

Memories of Frank and The Lakes go on and on. Isn’t it wonderful we get to rest in the memories of Frank, the laughter and knowing that in his joking comments he would move a mountain for me. A great friend for sure. My prayers are for Penny and the family!

Pam Wilson

December 31, 2019

There are too many memories to even pull one out. Kerr Lake camping trips, The Lakes softball teams, freezing in a tent at Easter at Myrtle Beach, the list goes on and on. So glad you were part of my journey. Prayers for all of his family and friends.