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DON E. VARELA Age 87, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2013, in Riverside, California. He was born October 2, 1925 to Ricardo Varela and Cleotilde Crespin in Las Vegas, New Mexico. On June 28, 1952 he married Angela Martinez in Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Angela, wife of 55 years, and son Timothy G. Varela. Don received degrees from Riverside Community College and University of Redlands. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with 24 yrs. He was proud of the commendations he received throughout his career serving in WWII as a B-52 tail gunner, then Intelligence in the Korean War, and Vietnam. After his long-standing military career he began a second career at Rohr Industries. Retiring after 28 years of employment. Don is survived by his 2 sons, Donny Varela, Jr. and David Varela (Judy); his 3 daughters, Suzanne Medof (Robert), Valerie Smedley, and Diana Bradfield-Russo (Mel) and many loving grandchildren (Crystal, Brittany (Brian), JJ, Justin, Christopher, Shaina (Cory), Anthony, Chris, and Leah, Josh, Robert & Charles; nieces, nephews, extended family & friends. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all. Funeral service will be at Christ Community Church in Moreno Valley, CA on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at 11:30am. A graveside service will follow at Riverside National Cemetery at 1:31pm.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 11, 2013
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