Mr. Lyle Varney, age 88, of Nashville passed away Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at Thornapple Manor, in Hastings, MI.
Lyle was born in Hastings, MI on January 27, 1930, the son of the late Owen and Ruth (Cogswell) Varney. He was raised in the Nashville area and attended local schools graduating from W.K. Kellogg High School in 1947.
On June 21, 1951 Lyle joined the United States Army where he achieved the rank of Corporal before being Honorably discharge in 1953.
He was the widower of Norma Jean Varney. Lyle& Norma were married on Valentines Day 1966 and made their home together in Castleton Township where they raised their family together.
When Lyle returned from this service he began working as a Machinist at E.W. Bliss in Hastings retiring in 1995 after over 33 years with the company.
Lyle loved racing Harness Racing, and along with his wife and family followed the Michigan County Fair Harness Racing Circuit for of 30 years. His love of Harness racing began in the early 1970, lasting into the mid 1990's after a hip injury ended his career. He also loved to be outdoors and each year traveled to Michigan's Upper Peninsula where he would take the ferry across the straits of Mackinaw for deer hunting season.
Lyle is survived by his four daughters Patty (Jack) Cook, Barbara (Carl) Woodard, Carol (Patrick) Lewis, Deborah Jean Seeber, his two sons Steven Varney, Scott Varney, his brother Robert Varney, 9 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Norma in 2009.
Funeral Services will be held at The Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, MI, at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 7th, with Pastor Steve Olmstead officiating.
The family will receive visitors on Sunday January 6, 2019 from 2-4 PM at The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.
There will be a luncheon and time of fellowship immediately following the funeral service at the Nashville VFW Post 8260.
Graveside services with be held following the funeral luncheon at Warner (Stoney Point) Cemetery with full military honors being rendered by the American Legion Post 45 from Hastings, MI and the United State Army.
Memorial contributions can be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net