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AUGUSTA GAZETTE, 24 March 1952
Varner Services Tuesday Afternoon

A well-known and well-liked Butler county pioneer resident, Edwin Cassius (Edd) Varner, died at his home Sunday evening after a three-year illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Dunsford chapel tomorrow at 2:30 with Rev. V. A. Major in charge. Interment will be in the mausoleum at Elmwood cemetery.

Mr. Varner was 84 years old. He was the son of the late Jesse and Olive Orr Varner and was born May 17, 1867 in Jackson county, Illinois. The family came to Butler county from Illinois in 1878.

Mr. Varner was imbued with the true pioneer spirit of the flint hills. He was a farmer until moving to Augusta many years ago. He served in his rural district as a township trustee and on the school board. Mr. Varner was a member of the Methodist church, the Masonic lodge and Consistory.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Robert B. (Velma) Dockum of Wichita; two sons, Cecil D. of Augusta and Ralph B. of Wichita; a sister, Mrs. Ella Reed of Rock; and five grandchildren.

His marriage to Ona Carr took place in Augusta on September 23, 1894. Her death occurred January 16, 1945.

Only one of this large and prominent family who saw Butler county change from pasture land and farm land to oil and industry remains. That is the sister of the Varner brothers, Mrs. Reed of Rock.

When the history of South Butler county is written in the years to come, the name Varner will be prominent in the accounting of farming and oil industries in this part of Butler.
Transcribed and Contributed by Marland Boucher

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