Obituaries

John "Jack" Harmon Varner, 77, of Greenfield

John “Jack” Harmon Varner, 77, of Greenfield, Indiana died on August 4, 2020 at Hancock Regional Hospice.

He was born on September 1, 1942 in Plainfield, New Jersey to Chester and Edith Whatley Varner.

He is preceded in death by his mother Edith Whatley Varner, father Chester B. Varner of Warren, New Jersey, his sister Beverly A. Varner of Piscataway, New Jersey and his wife Jaqueline “Jackie” Williams Varner the love of his life for forty-eight years.

John lived in Warren Township, New Jersey for many years. He was a 1962 graduate of Watchung Hills Regional High School and a former member of the Warren Township Rescue Squad. He attended Rutgers University, New Jersey, Palm Beach State College and Barry University, Florida.

His family includes daughter Jennifer S. Ross and her husband Brian of Huntersville, North Carolina, son John H. Varner, Jr. and his wife Carrie of Delaware, Ohio, brother Robert W. Varner, Sr and his wife Mary Melton Varner of Greenfield, Indiana, sister Doris J. Smith of Bedminster, New Jersey, brother Chester B. Varner of Hawley, Pennsylvania, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and nieces and nephews of Indiana, Florida, New Jersey and North Carolina. John was an Air Force veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis
and the Vietnam War. He served a one-year tour of duty in the Southeast Asia Conflict.

John Worked in various engineering disciplines; taught technical classes at Indian River Community College, Fort Pierce, Florida and worked for the Indiana Department of Transportation Aerial Engineering Division.

John was a talented and avid guitar player and had the opportunity to study with renowned guitar teachers from NJ & NY. He enjoyed sharing his musical talents with bis family, friends and fellow band members. He also enjoyed astronomy, fishing, and pheasant hunting.

Services will take place at The Mundy Funeral Home on Monday, August 10, 2020. A military honor guard will present the American flag to his son John and daughter Jennifer on behalf of a grateful nation. TAPS was played for John and the other veterans interned at the Mount Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Warren Township, New Jersey.

Internment is beside his beloved wife Jackie. Funeral arrangements were by the Mundy Funeral Home of Dunellen, New Jersey and Stillinger Family Funeral Home of Greenfield, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, John has requested that donations be made to organizations that help and support foster children and wounded veterans, the most vulnerable and forgotten in our society.

Music and arrangements were by John’s nephew Robert W. Varner, Jr. Music Minister from Clayton, North Carolina.