Donald Lee Varner, Sr., of Towanda, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his home in his recliner with his television remote by his side.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., with family present to greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6; celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, both at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home in El Dorado. A private family burial will take place at a later date.
Don was born Aug. 14, 1939 in El Dorado, the youngest of six children born to Grant and Eunice (Pierce) Varner. He grew up in Towanda and graduated from Towanda High School in 1958. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. After his tour of duty, he returned to Towanda where he was united in marriage to Lynda Faulkner on Sept. 16, 1962. This union was blessed with two children; Tammy and Donny.
Don was a farmer all his life. When first married, he worked for Cessna in Wichita, and then later in life he worked as an oil field pumper. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and traveling. Activities with family and friends were very important to him. He loved to attend his grandchildren's sporting and school events.
Surviving family include: his wife of 51 years, Lynda of the home; daughter, Tammy Reichenberger and husband Greg of Wichita; son, Donny Varner, Jr. and wife Audrey of Russell, Kan.; grandchildren, Andrea Varner of Wichita, Donald "Trey" Varner III of Russell, and Scotney Reichenberger of Wichita; great-granddaughter, Raylie Varner; brothers, Ray Varner (Mary) and Delbert Varner (Pat) of Towanda; sister, Wilma Lill of El Dorado.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Millburn Varner, and sister, Lela Henry.
A memorial has been established with the Towanda Historical Society. Contributions may be sent to Kirby Morris Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.kirbymorrisfuneralhome.com.