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The Post Crescent
Appleton, Wisconsin
Sunday, March 19, 2000

OBITUARY - FRANKLIN C. "CLAY" VARNER

Franklin C. "Clay VARNER, age 88, died peacefully at his new home, the St. Paul Villa, on Saturday, March 18, 2000. He was born August 10, 1911, in Delphos, Iowa, the son of the late Omer C. "Pops" and Nina (STEPHENS) VARNER. He attended Simpson College and Iowa State Teacher College, leaving just one quarter short of graduation. He interrupted his education several times in order to earn enough money to continue, serving as a teacher in rural schools across Iowa. When he was offered a job with International Harvester, he left college and soon thereafter purchased Decorah Implement in Decorah, Iowa. Clay spent the majority of his life in Decorah as an implement and truck dealer until his retirement in 1985. Many happy years were spent in Green Valley, Arizona, before moving to Kaukauna in 1992.

Clay married the former Lelah HANSON in 1939 and the couple had five children, Ruth SCHMITT, West Bend; Stephen, Roanoke, Virginia; John (deceased); Faye (Ed) BINSFIELD, Little Chute, and William (Patricia) of Tokyo, Japan. He had great pride in his 10 grandchildren, his step grandchildren and his eight great-grandchildren. He is further survived by a brother, Alvin (Galene) VARNER, Coronado, California.

Clay was a devoted husband who visited his wife daily in her final years at the St. Paul Home in Kaukauna.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lelah; his son John; son-in-law, John SCHMITT, and three of his four brothers. It was Clay's wish to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. The Boettcher Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Clay enjoyed each of his homes throughout his life, but he was especially grateful for the many kindnesses and friendships he found in Kaukauna and at the St. Paul Home. His family joins in thanking the St. Paul Home for their kindness which exceeded any professional duty, and the staff at the St. Paul Villa for making his final week one of privacy, dignity and enjoyment.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2009

OBITUARY - FRANKLIN C. "CLAY" VARNER

Franklin C. VARNER, 88, formerly of Delphos, died peacefully on Saturday, March 18, 2000.

He was born August 10, 1911 in Delphos, Iowa to the late Omer and Nina (STEPHENS) VARNER. He was educated in Delphos, graduating from high school in 1928. He attended Simpson College and Iowa State Teachers College, leaving school just one quarter short of graduation. He interrupted his education several times in order to earn enough money to continue and taught at schools in the area, including Knowlton.

When he was offered a job with the International Harvestor Company, he left school and soon thereafter, purchased Decorah Implement in Decorah, Iowa. Clay spent the majority of his life in Decorah working as a farm implement and truck dealer until his retirement in 1981.

Many happy years were spent in Green Valley, AZ before moving to Kaukauna, WI in 1992. Clay married the former Lelah HANSON in 1939 and the couple had five children: Ruth SCHMITT of West Bend, WI; Stephen of Roanoke, VA; John (deceased); Faye (Ed) BINSFIELD of Little Chute, WI; and William (Patricia) of Tokyo, Japan. He took great pride in his 10 grandchildren and his six great-grandchildren.

He is survived by a brother, Alvin (Galene) VARNER, of Coronado, CA. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lelah; his son, John; son-in-law, John SCHMITT; his brothers, Charles of Des Moines, John of Salt Lake City and Paul of Clearfield.

It was Clay's wish to be cremated and a memorial service will be held April 20 at the United Methodist Church in Decorah.

The Fjelstul Funeral Home of Decorah is assisting the family with arrangements.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010

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