Joseph D. Variot


Joseph D. Variot, 91, of Mancelona, passed away on May 10, 2019 at his home. Joe was born on Nov. 22, 1927 in Detroit the son of Joseph and Elcie (Gossett) Variot.
Joe served in the U.S. Navy for 13 years and was former commander of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets. He served in World War II and Korea.
He spent time coming to Mancelona for many years prior to moving permanently over 20 years ago.
He was a member of the Alba United Methodist Church, Mancelona Moose Lodge # 2254, Elk Rapids AMVETS, American Legion in Mancelona as well as the Central Lake VFW.
In his spare time he enjoyed coin collecting, fishing and hunting.
Prior to moving to Mancelona he was active in the Detroit area. He worked for the City of Detroit Civic Center and the Symphony Orchestra as a ticket director.
He is survived by four children, Michael (Beatriz) Variot, of Seebrook, Texas, Joseph (Susan) Variot, of Mancelona, Leslie Hamilton, of Traverse City, and Matthew Variot; seven grandchildren, Crystal Edwards, Joseph (Beverly) Variot, Samantha Variot, Jessica Variot, Jacob Hamilton, Infinity Variot and Eternity Variot; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two half-brothers, Jody Variot, of Roswell, New Mexico, and James Variot, of Bradenton, Florida; and a half-sister, Julie Variot, of Aurora, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise Variot; four wives; two brothers, Donald and Richard Variot; sister, Diane LaDuke; and a great-grandson, James Edwards.
Funeral services will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Military honors will immediately follow, also at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Mancelona.
Memorial contributions may be made to AMVETS Post 114, PO Box 144, Elk Rapids, MI 49629 or to Munson Hospice Healthcare Regional Foundation, 1150 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.
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Arrangements are being handled by the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
Published on May 14, 2019
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