Edward “Ed” Varney


    Edward “Ed” Varney was born September 9, 1923 in Williamson, West Virginia to Paris and Celia Harris Varney and passed away on July 20, 2022 at the age of 98 years, 10 months and 11 days.


    On November 6, 1943, Ed married Jewel E. Clark.
    Ed worked for many years at Sho-Me Power Electric Coop.  During his employment there, he worked at several positions, finishing up as Safety Manager, and came up with the slogan still used today: “Between life and death is safety.”  
    Ed served in the US Army in World War II, and was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge.  
    He enjoyed cooking (he made excellent cinnamon rolls and chocolate pies) and mowing.  
    He was also a minister in the Free Will Baptist Church, and had served in Cuba, Missouri as Associate Pastor and Pastor.  He was saved and at the time of his passing, was an attendant at Eldridge Full Gospel Church.
    He was quite a jokester.  
    He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jewel Varney on March 26, 2002; one daughter, Carolyn King; and four brothers; and two sisters.  
    Ed is survived by his children, Deborah Zak and husband Bob of St. Louis, Missouri and Linda Jean Wright and husband Larry of Isabella, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Tammy Treece and husband Steve, Melissa Langford and husband Watson, Mike Foster and wife Cathy, Julie Lane and husband Brian, Eddie Bagley and Ronnie King and wife Erica; six grandchildren; several step grandchildren; many great and great great grandchildren; special companion, Bonnie Darrow of Lebanon, Missouri; other relatives and friends.  
    Visitation was held beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at the Shadel’s Colonial Chapel in Lebanon, Missouri.    
    Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2022 at the Shadel’s Colonial Chapel in Lebanon, Missouri.
    Burial was at the Hufft Cemetery in Eldridge, Missouri.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Shadel’s Colonial Chapel in Lebanon, Missouri.