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(August 5, 1923 – May 20, 2013)

Donald Richard Varner, 89, of Midland died at Carriage House in Bay City, on May 20, 2013. Donald was born in Midland on Aug. 5, 1923 to the late Roy and Ethel (Madison) Varner. On May 24, 1947 he married his sweetheart Phyllis Marie Timmons in Midland. They have been happily married for 66 years. Donald was a heavy equipment operator for Dow Chemical before retiring in 1982. He loved square dancing, bowling and camping at Burt Lake. Donald is survived by his loving wife Phyllis; daughters, Pamela (Dan) Millhisler of Muskegon, Becky (Tom) Roosa of Midland, Donna (Jeff) Ryan of Grand Rapids; son, Daniel (Marla) Varner of Midland; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and his sister Elaine Kastl A Memorial Service will be held at Homer United Methodist Church on Friday, May 24 at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, on Thursday, May 23 from 4 until 7 pm and on Friday at the Church from 10:00 am until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Homer United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be left at www.smithminer.com