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Western Slope Obituaries 7-11-11

Robert James Varner, 75, of Delta, Colo., passed away July 1, 2011 in his sleep at his home.

He was born March 12, 1936 to James and Julia Varner in Buffalo, Minn.

Robert married Carol Jean Hickman, his high school sweetheart, on July 31, 1954 in Monticello, Minn. He was an extremely hardworking man and a Jack of all Trades, but he most enjoyed farming and ranching. He loved working with animals, and he had several horses, chickens, sheep, goats, hogs and cows. He never met a dog he didn’t like from a Saint Bernard to a Beagle. In his later years, he loved buying and selling tractors and machinery. He was known for finding a good deal and driving a hard bargain. He was a man of his word and didn’t see a need for receipts.

When he was 28, he hurt his right leg in many different accidents that caused inflammation of the bone marrow, and he was diagnosed with the bone disease of Osteomyelitis. In order to treat the disease, the doctors removed his right hip ball and hip joint. The doctors told him he would never get out of a wheelchair, but Robert proved them wrong when he went from the wheelchair to crutches to a cane and then walked unassisted. The disease caused him to limp for the next 47 years, yet he never complained and he didn’t let it slow him down. Rob always had a smile on his face.

His face would light up when he spent time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grand children and when he talked about them. It made him so happy to get cards in the mail, calls and letters from them. Robert was quick to make friends and didn’t judge people by their past.

Rob lived life until he died, and he spent his time doing what he loved. At the ripe old age of 75, he was after several new challenges: working to get his CDL so he could haul machinery, irrigating farm ground, driving machinery, fixing balers and climbing up on stack wagons, hoeing the garden with his wife, even studying the Bible and digging fence posts the evening before he passed away.

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He was a man who saw life in black and white; right was right and wrong was wrong. Robert accepted the Lord as his Savior and served the Lord faithfully until the end of his life. When he moved to Colorado, he found a home on a hill that he wanted to remodel and promised the Lord, if he got the property he would use it as a witness. Every night he lived there a cross he’d constructed was lit at the edge of the hill, shining its light in the darkness, in the same way Rob shined his light during his life.

He will be missed by his wife and family, as well as the many friends he made while doing business.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years who he loved dearly, Carol Varner; a daughter Pam Isaman and her husband Brad of New York; sons Joe Varner and Lynn of Minnesota, and Dan Varner and his wife Holly of Delta, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Julia Varner, a brother, Clark Varner, and two grandsons Paul Varner and Damon Varner.

Memorial services were held July 8, 2011 at the Delta Sales Yard. Interment followed at the Delta City Cemetery.

Robert James Varner, 75, of Delta, Colo., passed away July 1, 2011 in his sleep at his home.

He was born March 12, 1936 to James and Julia Varner in Buffalo, Minn.

Robert married Carol Jean Hickman, his high school sweetheart, on July 31, 1954 in Monticello, Minn. He was an extremely hardworking man and a Jack of all Trades, but he most enjoyed farming and ranching. He loved working with animals, and he had several horses, chickens, sheep, goats, hogs and cows. He never met a dog he didn’t like from a Saint Bernard to a Beagle. In his later years, he loved buying and selling tractors and machinery. He was known for finding a good deal and driving a hard bargain. He was a man of his word and didn’t see a need for receipts.

When he was 28, he hurt his right leg in many different accidents that caused inflammation of the bone marrow, and he was diagnosed with the bone disease of Osteomyelitis. In order to treat the disease, the doctors removed his right hip ball and hip joint. The doctors told him he would never get out of a wheelchair, but Robert proved them wrong when he went from the wheelchair to crutches to a cane and then walked unassisted. The disease caused him to limp for the next 47 years, yet he never complained and he didn’t let it slow him down. Rob always had a smile on his face.

His face would light up when he spent time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grand children and when he talked about them. It made him so happy to get cards in the mail, calls and letters from them. Robert was quick to make friends and didn’t judge people by their past.

Rob lived life until he died, and he spent his time doing what he loved. At the ripe old age of 75, he was after several new challenges: working to get his CDL so he could haul machinery, irrigating farm ground, driving machinery, fixing balers and climbing up on stack wagons, hoeing the garden with his wife, even studying the Bible and digging fence posts the evening before he passed away.

He was a man who saw life in black and white; right was right and wrong was wrong. Robert accepted the Lord as his Savior and served the Lord faithfully until the end of his life. When he moved to Colorado, he found a home on a hill that he wanted to remodel and promised the Lord, if he got the property he would use it as a witness. Every night he lived there a cross he’d constructed was lit at the edge of the hill, shining its light in the darkness, in the same way Rob shined his light during his life.

He will be missed by his wife and family, as well as the many friends he made while doing business.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years who he loved dearly, Carol Varner; a daughter Pam Isaman and her husband Brad of New York; sons Joe Varner and Lynn of Minnesota, and Dan Varner and his wife Holly of Delta, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Julia Varner, a brother, Clark Varner, and two grandsons Paul Varner and Damon Varner.

Memorial services were held July 8, 2011 at the Delta Sales Yard. Interment followed at the Delta City Cemetery.

Robert James Varner, 75, of Delta, Colo., passed away July 1, 2011 in his sleep at his home.

He was born March 12, 1936 to James and Julia Varner in Buffalo, Minn.

Robert married Carol Jean Hickman, his high school sweetheart, on July 31, 1954 in Monticello, Minn. He was an extremely hardworking man and a Jack of all Trades, but he most enjoyed farming and ranching. He loved working with animals, and he had several horses, chickens, sheep, goats, hogs and cows. He never met a dog he didn’t like from a Saint Bernard to a Beagle. In his later years, he loved buying and selling tractors and machinery. He was known for finding a good deal and driving a hard bargain. He was a man of his word and didn’t see a need for receipts.

When he was 28, he hurt his right leg in many different accidents that caused inflammation of the bone marrow, and he was diagnosed with the bone disease of Osteomyelitis. In order to treat the disease, the doctors removed his right hip ball and hip joint. The doctors told him he would never get out of a wheelchair, but Robert proved them wrong when he went from the wheelchair to crutches to a cane and then walked unassisted. The disease caused him to limp for the next 47 years, yet he never complained and he didn’t let it slow him down. Rob always had a smile on his face.

His face would light up when he spent time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grand children and when he talked about them. It made him so happy to get cards in the mail, calls and letters from them. Robert was quick to make friends and didn’t judge people by their past.

Rob lived life until he died, and he spent his time doing what he loved. At the ripe old age of 75, he was after several new challenges: working to get his CDL so he could haul machinery, irrigating farm ground, driving machinery, fixing balers and climbing up on stack wagons, hoeing the garden with his wife, even studying the Bible and digging fence posts the evening before he passed away.

He was a man who saw life in black and white; right was right and wrong was wrong. Robert accepted the Lord as his Savior and served the Lord faithfully until the end of his life. When he moved to Colorado, he found a home on a hill that he wanted to remodel and promised the Lord, if he got the property he would use it as a witness. Every night he lived there a cross he’d constructed was lit at the edge of the hill, shining its light in the darkness, in the same way Rob shined his light during his life.

He will be missed by his wife and family, as well as the many friends he made while doing business.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years who he loved dearly, Carol Varner; a daughter Pam Isaman and her husband Brad of New York; sons Joe Varner and Lynn of Minnesota, and Dan Varner and his wife Holly of Delta, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Julia Varner, a brother, Clark Varner, and two grandsons Paul Varner and Damon Varner.

Memorial services were held July 8, 2011 at the Delta Sales Yard. Interment followed at the Delta City Cemetery.