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Obituary for Jack K. Varner

Jack Kenneth Varner, age 85, of Northfield died Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Long Term Care Center of Northfield Hospital. Jack was born and raised in Evansville, IN. He told stories of road trips with the ISU Basketball team, traversing the city on his three-wheel bicycle, his friendships with priests and police officers alike, his cruise vacations with his sister, Joanie, and his commitment to the Knights of Columbus. He had a variety of jobs after high school, selling everything from popcorn to bananas, working at the Evansville Blind Association, selling journals and magazines door-to-door in the south, and […]

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Jack Kenneth Varner, age 85, of Northfield died Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Long Term Care Center of Northfield Hospital.
Jack was born and raised in Evansville, IN. He told stories of road trips with the ISU Basketball team, traversing the city on his three-wheel bicycle, his friendships with priests and police officers alike, his cruise vacations with his sister, Joanie, and his commitment to the Knights of Columbus. He had a variety of jobs after high school, selling everything from popcorn to bananas, working at the Evansville Blind Association, selling journals and magazines door-to-door in the south, and his favorite: working with young athletes and coaches as an assistant in the Athletic Department of Indiana State University for two decades. After retirement, he moved to Northfield where he continued to work—part time at Three Links Care Center. Despite Jack’s physical handicaps, he was an extremely independent, yet social and gregarious, person and had a strong work ethic. He was said to have “lived” on Coca-Cola and chocolate, and his favorite singers were Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and the whole Rat Pack. He loved travelling, eating out, and shopping, especially for electronic gadgets. Jack never held a grudge or met a stranger and was known for his irrepressible love of life.
He is survived by his sister Joanie Weyer and his niece Becky Boling (Doug Green), both of Northfield, his nephew, Zachary Boling-Green of St. Paul, who grew up sharing Sunday lunches with Jack, and his cousin Linda Dixon (of Haubstadt, Indiana).
A mass will be held at the Church of St. Dominic at a later date. Memorial donations should be sent in Jack’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements are with Bierman Funeral Home, biermanfuneralhome.com.

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