Marvin Dale Varner passed from this life, on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the age of 81 at his home.
Marvin was born on a farm, south of Lyndon, Kansas, to John Marvin Varner and Geneva Enright Varner. He graduated from Osage City High School.
After graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was stationed at the Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California. He served his country proudly, obtaining the rank of Corporal and achieving the highest distinction of Rifle Expert. He was proud of his service in the USMC, following in the footsteps of his brother, Clyde McDermeit, who served in World War II. Marvin’s Marine Corps values also inspired a grandson , Joshua David Varner, to join and serve as a Corporal in the USMC Honor Guard Detachment, at 8th & I Washington DC, and as an infantry rifleman.
After being honorably discharged from duty, Marvin worked as a diesel mechanic in Topeka, Kansas. He became the first in the country to achieve the level of Master Technician. He was employed as a Service Manager at Noller Ford Truck Center at the time of retirement.
Marvin was preceded in death by his son, Robert Marvin Varner, parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Marvin Varner, brother, Clyde McDermeit, second wife, Ivy Varner and the mother of his three children, Carol J Doel.
He is survived by two children, David Varner of Topeka, KS and Susan Haefele of Lewisville, TX, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and three sisters, Wilda Jean Graves, Dorma Miller and Erma Rosetta.
Services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, April 6, 2018 at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th St., Topeka, KS. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Marvin will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the funeral home.
The family requests that any donations in Marvin’s honor be sent to the Kansas Historical Foundation c/o Membership, 6425 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66615.
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