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AUGUSTA DAILY GAZETTE, 28 July 1924
Obituary of CHESTER C. VARNER
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR CHESTER VARNER


The remains of Chester C. Varner, 22-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Varner, were interred in the Augusta mausoleum last evening at 4:30,o'clock. The funeral services were at the home starting at 3:30 o'clock.
The casket was literally banked with beautiful flowers, a last tribute of the great number of broken hearted friends and relatives Chester leaves to mourn his loss.

Rev. W. L. Reese opened the services with a prayer and scripture reading. A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Morris, Mrs. David Peebler and Hobart Thompson, sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." Rev. J. C. Fisher, pastor of the Methodist church, then delivered the funeral address, giving a resume of the life of the deceased and expressing the sorrow and sympathy of the whole community.

Another selection "Abide With Me," was given by the quartet and the casket was opened for a last look upon him whose untimely death is felt so deeply in Augusta.

The pall-bearers then took charge of the casket, who were Hagan Eastland, Earl Lovelace, Floyd Skaer, Harold MeHaney, Roy Guest and Zack Taylor, all intimate friends of Chester, during his life.

A short burial service was given at the mausoleum by Rev. Fisher. The quartet sang "My Faith Looks Up To Thee." The benediction was pronounced by Rev. Reese.

Chester C. Varner was born on a farm near Augusta, May 11, 1902, and died of heart trouble, July 28, 1924.
To those who knew him he was, called "Chub" by which name he had gone by since early childhood.

He attended the Augusta public schools, and was graduated from the Augusta high school with the class of 1920. In the same year he suffered a severe attack of heart trouble, which complaint caused his death, from which he recovered but which left him in ill health.

In 1922 be entered Southwestern college in Winfield where he was majoring in biology and was elected as student-instructor in that subject, for the next year, an honor which is rarely conferred students without a bachelor's degree. A few days prior to his death Chester received a renewal for his assistant pharmacist's registration.

He was a member of the DeMolay chapter of Wichita until his twenty- first birthday and then was admitted to the Augusta Masonic lodge, afterwards affiliating with the Wichita consistory as a thirty-second degree Mason.

While Chester had never been affiliated with any church, he was a regular attendant at the services in the Methodist congregation and was active in the affairs of that church. Surviving him are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Varner; two sisters, Mrs. Wesley Skaer, and Miss Velma Varner, and two brothers, Cecil and Ralph Varner.
Transcribed and Contributed by Marland Boucher


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