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Phillip  Varner

Phillip Varner

Jun 13, 1949 - Jul 31, 2011
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Memorial services for Phillip Varner of Shoshoni are at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9., at the United Methodist Church of Riverton. The Rev Mark Thurman officiates.

Mr. Varner died in Riverton on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at the age of 63.

Phillip Varner was born on June 13, 1949 in Midland, Mich.

He was graduated from Meridian High School in Midland, and received an associate’s degree in environmental science from Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.

He was an United States military veteran who served with the U.S. Army Rangers.

He co-owned the family dairy farm in Midland County, Mich., for 27 years.

He moved to Wyoming and, after graduation from the Police Academy, he was employed as a corrections officer with the Wyoming State Corrections Department.

Mr. Varner was a member of the United Methodist Church of Riverton, and past member of the Hope Michigan United Methodist Church.

He was a life-time member and supporter of 4-H and 4-H youth. He was also a lifetime member of the Dewitt-Lydell Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.

Survivors include his mother, Evelyn Newland-Varner of Queens Creek, Ariz.; his children, Jo Adams and husband Lawrence of Midland, Mich., Blaine Varner and wife Kristi of Columbus, Ohio, and their mother, Donna Jo Varner of Midland, Mich.; brothers and sisters, Ray Varner of Hope, Mich., Neil Varner and wife Lana of Sanford, Mich., Cheryl McCormick of Queens Creek, Ariz., Toby Varner and wife JoAnn of Hope, Mich., Alice Varner-Sopher and husband Jerry Sopher of Queens Creek, Ariz., Leila Perkins and husband Pat of Young, Ariz., and Jerry Varner and wife Kristi of Midland, Mich.; grandchildren, Dylan, Ryan, Tristan, Clayton, Kinnedy, and Jenna; close friend, Paula Rainbolt of Casper.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leo Varner.

Service are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.