Fred 'Bill' Varner


Fred "Bill" W. Varner, 73, Defiance, passed away Monday, October 29, 2012, at his residence.

He was born in Oakwood on July 21, 1939, a son of the late Helen E. (Harmon) Varner Thomas and Fred Varner. On November 23, 1958, he married Linda Brewer. Bill retired from Lafarge Corporation, Paulding, in 1997. He also worked at Paulding Exempted Village Schools and Innovative Assembly Services, Paulding.

Surviving are his wife, Linda; sister, Barbara Ott; stepsister, Thelma Thomas; sons, Rick (Karen) Varner and Randy (Sara) Varner; grandchildren, Brett Varner, Nikki (Shawn) Hull, Kristen (Bill) Baumert, Erin (Daimon) Meeh, Ben (Lacey) Varner, Kyle Varner, Jacob Varner and Kaley Varner; great-grandchildren, Paige Hull, Cadey, Dylan and Matthew Mills, Cyenna and Cash Baumert, Harlie and Hayden Varner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger Varner; son, Ron Varner; stepfather, David Thomas; stepbrother, Donald Thomas; and a great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Varner.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, November 2, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Mr. Bob Verfaillie officiating. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding, Ohio. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, November 1, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Donations may be made to CHP Hospice in Bryan, American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to

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  • Rick, Saw this on Crescent web sight. My condolences to you. Coach Leininger

  • Linda and family- I would like to express my sincere condolence for the passing of Bill. You and your family will be in my prayers and may the Lord watch over you. Donna (Warner) Wilcox