Andrew Preston Varley
1934 - 2018
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Andrew Preston Varley

Earlham - Andrew Preston Varley, 83, of Earlham, IA entered his heavenly home surrounded by family on November 19, 2018 while in Hospice at the Stuart Community Care Center, Stuart, IA.

He was born December 2, 1934 in Des Moines to James Preston and Esther Ellen (Schutz) Varley - the best crop they raised that year. Andrew attended country school and graduated from Menlo High School in 1952. He graduated from (then) Iowa State College with a degree in Agricultural Economics in 1957. While there, he met Marilyn Saucke; they married August 23, 1959 at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran in Farnhamville, Iowa. Andrew received his master's degree in Economics from North Carolina State-Raleigh in 1961.

In 1962 Andrew and Marilyn returned to Pine View Angus Farm in Adair County,where their 4 sons, Warren, Tom, John, and Curtis grew up. Andy was first a farmer, a steward of the soil, raising cross-bred Angus cattle, and a planter of trees. Andy served on the Iowa Arboretum board and was a member of the American Conifer Society, along with Marilyn. Andy was a State Representative for 12 years, including Speaker of the House in 1973-74. Governor Robert Ray appointed Andy Chairman of the Commerce Commission (now Iowa Utilities Board), where he served for 8 years. From 1988 to 2000 he was Senior VP of Energy Pricing and Regulatory Service at American Electric Power in Columbus, OH. Among his many recognitions was the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1968 from Iowa State University.

Throughout his life, family, faith, and values reflected his belief in Jesus Christ as his Savior. He was a good, kind, patient man, serving others, who earned the respect of everyone who knew him. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and loved them all deeply. We shall miss him and his wisdom.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of 59 years of marriage; sons Warren (Karen), Tom (Gina), John (Laurie), Curtis (Catharine); eleven grandchildren: Ben of Ramstein AFB, Germany, Gwen of Chatham, England, Yelena and Millie Varley of Stuart, IA, Dani (Kyle) Orris of Ames, Bethany (Mike) Treffert of Brooklyn, WI, Morgan Varley (Ryan Mable) of Cedar Rapids, Colin and Nathan Varley of Adrian, MN, Catarina and Annabella Varley of San Antonio, TX; sisters Marge Lucero of Oakdale, CA, and Belle (Neil) McPhee of Fenton, MI; brother Carl (Evelyn) Varley of Clive; brother-in-law Jose Madrid of Las Vegas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Madrid. Memorials may be directed to the Shining City Foundation, the Iowa Arboretum, or a charity of your choice. Visitation will be held Friday, November 30 at the Johnson Family Funeral Home in Stuart from 5-7 p.m. Committal Service will be at Jefferson Center Cemetery, rural Menlo, on Saturday, December 1 at 9 a.m. Celebration of Life Tribute will follow at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale at 11 a.m. (Professional Arrangements: Johnson Family Funeral Home & Crematory - Stuart Chapel).

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Nov. 23 to Nov. 29, 2018.
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November 30, 2018
Tom, Gina and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my love and prayers for you and your family. I did not know him, but it is very evident his legacy continues through you Tom. In God's peace my friends.
Melani Wheeler
November 29, 2018
Lowell Norland
November 24, 2018
Psalm 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years, And if because of special mightiness they are 80 years.
May the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile and joy in your heart.
November 21, 2018
May the God of all comfort gives you strength, hope and peace during this grieving time.Jeremiah 29:11,12
November 20, 2018
Please accept my sincerest condolences and know that the God of comfort feels your pain and sorrow. Isaiah 61:1,2.
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