Roy Nelson Varner 1940-2005

Photo provided by Leroy A Lovato


DEL NORTE Roy Nelson Varner, 64, died under Hospice care April 29, 2005 at his home in Del Norte. He was born Nov. 21, 1940 in Bonanza to Warren and Julia Smith Varner. Roy was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, worked as a mechanic and was transportation supervisor for the Del Norte School District. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking and especially enjoyed being with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Elaine, of the family home; his children, Karin (Craig) Bressman of Del Norte, Sharin (Steve) Castillo of Colorado Springs and Bryan Allmond-Varner of Denver; his brothers, Virgil (Doris) Varner and John (Sandy) Varner, both of Monte Vista; his sister, Sallie (Tom) Hibbs of La Junta; and nine grandchildren. A Memorial Gathering will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday May 14, at the John Varner Home on Pintada View Rd. just west of Monte Vista, past Chapman Park, then north to the end of the road. Contributions are requested to Hospice del Valle in care of Rogers Family Mortuary of Monte Vista, which is directing arrangements.

Cremation has taken place and Jim requested no services be held. A private family memorial will take place later. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

Jill Crook '58 writes of Roy's passing with such touching grace, especially since she was in ICU in Boulder for over a week, after having her pacemaker replaced.

From Jill:

Well, our classmate Roy made it to Heaven. Poor fellow, he really had a difficult time. He called me Wednesday night at the hospital to see how I was doing. It was difficult for me to contain the emotion that I was feeling, but I did. I told Roy that he had made an important contribution to my life, growing up in Monte. We spoke of happier times, things he remembered from his childhood and we shared a few laughs. I was so glad that I had had that time with him.

Jan and Rich I want you to know that he was enriched and encouraged by his meeting with you two. He told me how important seeing you both was to him.

Jack, it was so nice to talk with you on the telly...thanks for calling me. I'm home now and taking it one day at a time. Your and my plans for an early Spring visit to the Valley seems to have less urgency now. Say a prayer for Roy, as I know you will.

Peggy, I hope you had the opportunity to call Roy as you and I talked. I know it was troubling for you and a bit awkward, but I hope you were able to do it. As I told you...let him know his life had meaning.

God Bless you my friends and thank you for thinking of me.

Love jill

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