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The Hawk Eye
Burlington, Iowa
Tuesday, August 30, 2005

OBITUARY - ALVIN L. VARNER

American Flag.jpg Alvin L. VARNER, 85, of Sun City, Ariz., died Thursday, August 25, 2005, in Peoria, Ill.

Born October 5, 1919, in Delphos, Iowa, he was the son of Omer Clay and Nina (STEPHENS) VARNER. On June 18, 1943, he married Galene STEPHENS in Diagonal.

Mr. VARNER worked for Iowa Southern Utilities for 44 years. He began in 1940 as a lineman in Mount Ayr and then served as district manager for Mount Ayr, Leon and Centerville. He was Eastern district manager in Burlington for 16 years, retiring in 1984.

He was a 1937 graduate of Diagonal High School and attended Creston Community College and Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the Fifth Marine Division as a spotter pilot. He served 51 months, attaining the rank of captain. He made the Iwo Jima landing on D–Day and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a longtime member of the Methodist Church and Rotary Club and held a number of leadership positions in civic organizations including president of the Leon and Burlington Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the board of directors of Burlington Area Development Corp. Following retirement, he moved to Bella Vista, Ark., and moved to Sun City in 2000.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Jeanette SHEFFER of Coronado, Calif.; two sons, Carlton of Pasadena, Calif., and Max of Verona, Wis.; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

The graveside service for Mr. VARNER will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Following the service, family and friends are invited to Mount Ayr Methodist Church.

Memorials have been established for the donors' favorite charity.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2009

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 01, 2005

OBITUARY ~ ALVIN L. VARNER

Alvin L. VARNER, son of Omer Clay and Nina STEPHENS VARNER, was born October 5, 1919 in Delphos, Iowa where he attended school until 1930 when his family moved to Diagonal, Iowa.

He graduated from the Diagonal high school with the class of 1937. He attended Creston Community College and Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

On June 18, 1943 at Diagonal, Iowa, he married Galene STEPHENS. The VARNER family includes one daughter, Jeanette SHEFFER of Coronado, California; two sons, Carlton of Pasadena, California, and Max of Verona, Wisconsin; son-in-law, Greg; daughter-in-law, Charlotte and Diana and __ precious grandchildren.

In World War II, he served with the Fifth Marine Division as a spotter pilot. He served for 51 months and attained the rank of captain. He made the Iwo Jima landing on D-Day plus four, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross.

Mr. VARNER'S career with Iowa Southern Utilities spanned nearly 45 years. He began in 1940 as a lineman at Mount Ayr, Iowa and then served as district manager in Mount Ayr, Leon and was a president of the Chamber of Commerce in Leon and Burlington and a member of the Board of Directors for the Burlington Area Development Corporation. He willingly volunteered his time for various community activities including Rotary.

Following his retirement in 198_, he moved to Belle Vista, Arkansas from Burlington, Iowa. He moved to Sun City, Arizona in 2000.

His parents and four brothers preceded him in death: John, Paul, Charles and Clay.

Besides his immediate family, several nieces and nephews survive him. He will be remembered as a loving and caring man whose character particularly impressed his grandchildren and impacted all who met him.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. in Mount Ayr, Iowa, Saturday, September 10, 2005. After interment family and friends are invited to the Mount Ayr Methodist Church to celebrate Alvin's life. Memorials may be made to donor's favorite charity.

Submission by Ann Wyer, April of 2012

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