WEST FRANKFORT -- Bob Varis, 66, departed this life at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Herrin Hospital.
Bob was born Aug. 20, 1946, in Herrin, to the late Frank "Bud" and Mary Weatherly Varis.
Bob worked for Old Ben Coal before becoming a professor of electronics at Rend Lake College. Education was very important to him, and he always encouraged students to pursue lifelong learning.
Bob married Betsy Payne Varis in August 1985 and they later purchased Stone Funeral Home in West Frankfort, and renamed it Varis-Stone Funeral Home.
Bob was a member of West Frankfort Masonic Lodge 567, Ainad Shriners, Benton Elks Club
and a certified judge for Kansas City Bar-B-Q. Bob enjoyed playing drums with various bands in Southern Illinois.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of West Frankfort.
Bob is survived by his wife, Betsy Payne Varis; stepdaughters, Becky King and husband, Tim, of Benton, Ky., and Amy Wardynski and husband, DJ of Parker, Colo.; son, Rob Varis and wife, Tracey, of Lubbock, Texas; and grandchildren, Madison, Casey and Bo Wardynski, Abby King and Wyatt Varis.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Crissy Varis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, in Varis-Stone Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Mike Cash and Glenn Poshard officiating. Interment will follow in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Varis-Stone Funeral Home.