McALISTERVILLE - Ira L. Varner, 90, passed away at 4 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his home in McAlisterville, surrounded by his family.
Born July 26, 1922, in Fayette Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Jonas and Edna (Dunn) Varner. On June 28, 1947, he married his surviving wife, Ella Mae (Colyer) Varner, with whom he shared more than 65 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, Lana J. Varner and Dean E. Varner and his wife, Jody; two brothers, Roy D. Varner and his wife, Betty, and Jimmy L. Varner and his wife, Jolene; and one sister, Betty Colyer, all of McAlisterville. He also leaves behind two granddaughters, Rebecca L. Brubaker and her husband, Brent, of McAlisterville, and Katie E. Hosler and her husband, Joseph, of Port Royal.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Lee W. Varner, Raymond E. Varner, J. Adam Varner and Stanley S. Varner, and four sisters, Ruth Phillips, Pauline Amey, Freda Rauch and Grace Hepner.
Mr. Varner was educated at Union School, Fayette Township, and he was a lifelong member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Cocolamus.
He was a veteran of WW II, having proudly served his country with the U.S. Army's 11th Airborne Division, serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations as a qualified paratrooper.
Until his retirement in 1984, he worked at H.P. McGinley Inc., McAlisterville.
Ira's hobbies were woodworking and reading western novels. In earlier life, he enjoyed hunting and fishing; however, he cherished spending time with his family, being a loving husband, father and grandfather.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at the St. John's United Methodist Church, Cocolamus, with his pastor, the Rev. Candace Arnold officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.
A viewing will be held at 4 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service, Wednesday, at the church.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Varner's memory to the St. John's United Methodist Church, 33401 Route 35 North, McAlisterville, PA 17049 or to the Home Nursing Agency Foundation, P.O. Box 352, 201 Chestnut Ave., Altoona, PA 16603-0352.
Online tributes and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.