Rolland J. Varner
Rolland J. Varner, born in Ogden, Iowa, was 91 when he passed away peacefully on Oct. 8, 2019.
Surviving are his daughter, Christine (Peter Romeo) Varner, of Traverse City; sister, Donna Troll, of Maryland; brother-in-law, Richard (Doris) Troll, of Grand Rapids; niece, Carlee Koessel; and nephews, Peter and Ric Troll.
Rolly was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Betty; his parents, Jesse and Elsie Varner; and brother-in-law, William Troll.
Rolly, a Creston High School graduate, was a proud member of the U.S. Army, serving two times in the Korean War (1946 to '48 and 1950 to '51). He was also a graduate from Davenport College before beginning his longtime (over 38 years) career at Steelcase Inc.
He loved spending time at his cottage in Traverse City, over 60 years, in fact. Hunting, fishing and golf at Silver Lake Country Club were favorite pastimes ... but nothing put more of a smile on Rolly's face than his eight Golden Retrievers. Rolly was also a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Visitation will be held on Friday at the funeral home from 3 to 5 p.m. and again on Saturday one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rolly's name to a charity of your choice.
Published on October 9, 2019


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