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Obituary for John E. Varner

John E. Varner, 66, of Centerville, passed away, Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 6, 1957 in Erie, Pennsylvania a son of James W. Varner and Nancy Gonser Varner. He married Sandra L. Auer in 1977.

He was a 1976 graduate of Tech Memorial High School in Erie and was employed as a welder with Zurn and General Electric until his retirement in 2017.

John served his country with the U.S. Navy and was a member of Saint John's Lutheran Church. In his free time, John enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, driving race cars, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his loving wife, Sandra "Sandy" of Centerville; he is survived by his mother, Nancy Varner of Erie; four daughters, Carrie S. Boratyn and her spouse Jeremy of Wattsburg, Krista M. Rougie and her spouse Jon of Troy, Virginia, Savannah L. Mashburn and her spouse Shelby of Raeford, North Carolina, and Heather Sutton of Byrnedale, Pennsylvania; a son, John E. Varner, Jr., and his spouse Jessica of Waterford; sixteen grandchildren; a sister, Diane Myers of Erie; a brother, James W. Varner, II and his spouse Lois of Erie; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in John's memory to AHN Cancer Institute, 2315 Myrtle Street, Suite 290, Erie, Pennsylvania 16502 or Hospice of Crawford County, 766 Liberty Street, Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335.

Please take a moment to share a memory or condolence with the family on John's Book of Memories online at

Arrangements are in the care of Warren-Glenn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 62 S. Main Street, Union City.