Varley VanHorne

Died: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017


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A resident of Mindemoya.
Died peacefully at Manitoulin Centennial Manor, on Friday, August 25th, 2017
at the age of 97.
Born to Elizabeth (nee Cooper) and William VanHorne, at  Mindemoya, on June 16th, 1920.
Survived by beloved wife Repha VanHorne,
daughter Diane Melville and son Perry (Linda) VanHorne.
Will be missed by grandchildren Cathy (Steve) Marshall, Chris VanHorne and Derek (Hollie) VanHorne.
Cherished great grandfather of Ryan, Andrew, Sarah, Elizabeth, Colby, Cohen and Reese.
Brother of Bayward (predeceased) (Ellen), Olive Elliott (Alvin) (both predeceased), Garfield (predeceased), Beryle Sim (Miles) (both predeceased), Grant (predeceased) (Joan), Clayton (Glenna) and Gordon (Mavis) (both predeceased).
Will always be remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends.

With limited work on the Manitoulin Varley found employment operating heavy equipment in Durham and Sault Ste. Marie.  Not a fan of dust and regular equipment failures he returned to the Island where he spent 4 years sailing the Great Lakes coal and grain ships.  Always away from family, he decided to settle down close to home working at Ray Wagg’s sawmill, drove Anglin’s school bus until 1950 when hired by Department of Highways.  Retired in 1987 from MTO as a patrolman.
A devoted father, grandfather and “Uncle Varley” to many.  He loved spending time with family and friends.  In 1982 he was appointed Sunday School Superintendent of the Missionary Church.  He loved woodworking, hunting, fishing, gardening, cutting wood, making maple syrup and especially feeding his ducks.  In the community he was known as a handyman, always willing to lend a hand.
In Varley’s own words “I wouldn’t consider living anywhere else but Manitoulin.  Its peaceful and friendly people make this island so special.  This is truly the Garden of Eden.”


All services will be at Mindemoya Missionary Church
Visitation on Sunday from 3 to 7 pm
Funeral Service 2pm Monday, August 28th, 2017
Pastor Dan Thompson officiating.  
Burial at Mindemoya Cemetery
Donations to Manitoulin Centennial Manor Aux. or Mindemoya Missionary Church would be greatly appreciated.  
Island Funeral Home can only accept cheques for all charitable donations.
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Ann Dearing & Tom Pickering
   Posted Fri August 25, 2017
The reason it hurts so much to separate is that our souls are connected. Just remember that missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will.

All our love Cousin Ann Dearing & family

Helen Cooper
   Posted Sat August 26, 2017
Repha and family, you have my deepest sympathy. Varley was a fine man and lived a good life, he will be missed.
Sincerely, Helen Cooper

Judi Johnston
   Posted Sat August 26, 2017
Repha, Diane, Perry and families

We are so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man. He is at peace and with the Lord now. Remembering him will bring peace and joy to all who knew him. My prayers are with you all.

Angelle Marcotte
   Posted Sat August 26, 2017
Will truly miss him teasing me about the deer eating my garden. A very special man with a very special wife....he will truly be missed. Condolences to Repha and family

Joanne (Nevills) Armstrong
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017
Our prayers and thoughts are with you Perry, Diane and families God Bless you All

Kathy and Keith Size
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017
Repha,Diane and Perry,We are so very sorry to see this.Youhave both made this world a very special place .Sending blessings and hugs. sorry we cannot be there with you but we are sending love to all.

Jordan Moore
   Posted Tue August 29, 2017
Repha and family:

My deepest and most sincere condolences on the loss of Varley. He was a good man with a kind and caring heart and a strong faith. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Jan McQuay
   Posted Sat September 23, 2017
My sympathies to you, Repha, and your family. It is never easy, but you can take comfort in your loving memories of Varley.

Jan McQuay
   Posted Sat September 23, 2017
My sympathies to you, Repha, and your family. It is never easy, but you can take comfort in your loving memories of Varley.

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