Old and Recent Varner Obituaries
Donald S. Varner
Born August 25, 1929 in Ironwood, Michigan to Esther (Pixie) and Stanley Varner, passed away November 14 of natural causes at the age of 79. He was drafted to the US Army in 1951 and was trained as a radar technician at Fort Bliss, Texas during the Korean War. He served for two years and carried a Master Sergeants rating. Don won the National Intercollegiate Handball Tournament in 1954 while a student at Illinois Institute of Technology. He married Margaret Hurley on July 23, 1955, and raised three children: Peggy, John, and Nancy. At Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Iowa. He earned his masters degree in electronic engineering in 1969. After earning his degree, he worked in the aerospace industry at Delco as an electronics engineer designing components for the Apollo space program, the Gemini missile defense system, and the guidance systems on the Boeing 747. In 1972, Don's career relocated the family to Santa Barbara from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.
His love of sports and the outdoors saw him take up many hobbies in his retirement years. He was a passionate diver for 20 years and enjoyed heading out regularly from the Santa Barbara harbor on the local dive boats, Truth and Conception. After many years of diving, Don took up hiking the local mountains with a favorite hiking buddy. Also an avid bird watcher, he was a regular in the annual bird count. He raised and cared for countless orchids in his backyard and joined the Santa Barbara Orchid Society. One of his favorite past-times was playing table tennis every week at the Santa Barbara Rec Center. He also sang in the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Choir and the Santa Barbara Master Chorale for many years. His longest and most endearing hobby as a square dance caller began in Wisconsin in 1971 and continued for 35 years in the Santa Barbara area. He is survived by his wife Margaret of 53 years, his three children, John, and his wife Dolly, Peggy and her husband Stephane Cherpit and their two children, Eric and Jeremy, Nancy and her husband Scott Ackley and their three children, nieces and nephews. He
is preceded in death by his brother, Jim.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4575 Auhay Dr., Santa Barbara.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Cander Center of Santa Barbara, 300 West Pueblo.
Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
Obituary: Varner, Paula (wife of "Woody" Varner)
Paula Varner 89, Lincoln, died Sunday (7/22/07). Born Waco, Texas to R.C. and Laura E. (Curbo) Price. Graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, 1939. Married Woody Varner in 1940. Taught school in
Waco. Was a lifelong partner to Woody in all of his professional endeavors in Texas, Michigan, and Nebraska. Played a pivotal role in the creation of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, and the Barth Syndrome Foundation. Avid fan of all Nebraska Cornhusker sports and the marching band. Paula was elegant, kind, gracious, humble, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Her loving influence on her family was always present and will be a part of them forever. Family members include: son, daughter-in-law, Tom and Beth Varner, Metamora, Mich.; daughters, sons-in-law, Judy Varner and David Silchman, Omaha, Sue and Mike Wilkins, Lincoln; grandchildren, Matthew and Bridgette Kaiser, Andrew Seaman and Robyn Steely, Jessica and Mark Wiederspan, John Wilkins, Ben Varner; great-grandchildren, Owen and Zoe Kaiser. Preceded in death by: husband, Woody; parents; and brother, Carl Price.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Thursday (7/26/07), Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 'M'. Pastor David Lux and Pastor Carol Horton officiating. Memorials to the Paula and Woody Varner Science and Medicine Fund c/o the Barth Syndrome Foundation, P.O. Box 23173, Lincoln, NE 68542. No Visitation. Condolences or personal reflections may be sent online at www.roperandsons.com. Published in the Lincoln Journal Star on 7/24/2007.
Obituary: Mary Catherine Varner Mills
Wright County Journal Press, 30 Oct 1941
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Mills were held Sunday at the Methodist church here with the Rev. William Barr, pastor of Prospect Park Church, Minneapolis, officiating. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery. Mrs. Mills passed away Oct 22 at the age of 80 years following a month�s illness
A member of the Varner family, early settlers in this community, she was born in Pine Grove, Minnesota, December 22, 1861. Coming here early in life she spent the greater part of her life here. She was married to Bruce Mills 62 years ago. Sixteen years ago she left Buffalo to live with a daughter, Mrs. Albert Quandt, in River Falls, Wisconsin, coming back to this community quite often for visits. She was staying at the Korb residence here when when was called to the Beyond.
Mrs. Mills was a member of the Christian Advent Church, and a very active worker in the local Methodist Church during the years when she lived here.
She is survived by a son, Eugene Mills of Buffalo; two daughters, Mrs. Martin Aydt, Snowquakmie, Washington, and Mrs. Albert Quandt, River Falls, Wisconsin; five brothers, John Robert Varner and Adam Varner of Buffalo, George Varner of St. Cloud Archie Varner of Canada, and Milbrey Varner of Pennington, Minnesota. On sister survives, Mrs. Walter Schweitering of Bozeman, Montana. Also 27 grandchildren and many great grand children.
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She was born in Pennsylvania, according to census data.
Mrs. Albert Quandt is Marjorie.
Mrs. Martin Aydt is Harriet.
�the Korb residence� is possibly her sister, Harriet Varner Korb and William Korb.
The location in Washington is "Snowqualmie"-----
Roy Varner, son of Zachary Taylor Varner who was the son of Lafayette
VARNER, ROY age 94, of Buffalo passed away Fri., Aug. 29 in Delano. Roy is preceded in death by his wife, Ledena (nee Eull); sisters, Lillian Stevens and Bernice Peterson; brothers, Elmer, James, Lafayette, Orville, and Marvin; and by a grandson-in-law, Matthew Staloch. He is survived by daughter, Barbara Johnson; granddaughters, Tamara (Tim) Stevens, Lisa (Darci) Ernst, Robin Staloch, and Heather (Milos) Tomadies; great-grandchildren, Brittany Ernst Colman, Katie Ernst, Zachary Staloch, Hannah Staloch, Mckenzie Stevens, and Duncan Stevens; sisters, Dorothy Norby and Mary Ellen Kalin; brothers, Clyde and Vance; nephews, nieces and many other good friends and family members. Roy's memorial service will be at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church (507 County Road 134) on Wed., Sept 3rd at 11 am. Visitation will begin at 10 am. Interment will be the Lakeview Cemetery of Buffalo. Memorials are preferred and will be donated to the Wright County Heritage Center. Peterson Chapel 763-682-1363 _www.thepetersonchapel.com_ (http://www.thepetersonchapel.com)
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Monday, September 1, 2008, p. B4
This is the obituary of a descendent of John Varner and Frances Hickman. Their youngest daughter, Alice VARNER, married Frank FLYNN. Frank and Alice
FLYNN had only one daughter, Evelyn Elizabeth FLYNN. Evelyn married Donald SHENKYR, and they had only one daughter, Carole Sue SHENKYR, born about 1936. This
is Carole's obituary.
The obituary was published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, November 3, 2008.
HANSEN, Carole Sue
Age 71, of Mtka, died Oct. 31, 2008. Preceded in death by husband, Frank. Survived by brother-in-law, Roger (Karen) Hansen; nieces, Heidi Hansen and
Debbi (Michael) Epier; great-nephew, Mason; great nieces, Maggie and Morgan; close friend, Louis Riss. Memorials preferred to North Memorial Hospice. Memorial
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 AM with visitation 1/2 hour prior to the Mass at St. Mary of the Lake, 105 Forest View Lane
No., Plymouth. Interment will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Buffalo.