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Thomas L. VARNER Jr.

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VARNER, Thomas L. Jr. 77, passed away at home in Columbus, Ohio, on Easter morning, April 8, 2012. Tom was born in Savannah, Georgia, on June 14, 1934. An avid chemist as a child, Tom attended Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina, where he earned a degree in natural science in 1956. It was at Newberry that he met his future wife, Nettie Rickert, with whom he would enjoy 56 wonderful years of marriage. Tom went on to earn a doctor of pharmacy at the University of Georgia, graduating in 1959. Tom moved to his wife's hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, where he would practice as a pharmacist for 50 years before retiring in 2009. A kind, indulgent, and devoted father and grandfather, Tom moved to Columbus with Nettie after retiring to be closer to more of their children and grandchildren. Tom was active in the Lutheran Church and served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1961 to 1963. Tom never met a stranger and readily conversed with his pharmacy customers, friends, their friends, and most anyone he encountered. Tom enjoyed photography and gardening, and was a generous donor to charities benefitting children and the impoverished. A kind soul with never an ill word for anyone, he will be remembered and missed by many. He is survived by his wife Nettie, children Abbie (Michael) Gleespen, Tom, Anne (Ben) Pforsich, Suzie, and Jonathan (Jocelyn), and grandchildren Vivian, Pierce, Nolan, Jillian, Thomas, Charlie, and Alec. Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at ADVENT LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3660 Kenny Road, Columbus. Friends may also call on the family at the church for one hour prior to the service. Tom will be laid to rest at a private service at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. Visit www.schoedinger.com to send online condolences to the family.

Published in Dayton Daily News on Apr. 13, 2012
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