Clinton ”Buddy” Varley

07/27/1924 — 12/07/2002

From West, Richland, WA, US | Born in Omaha, NE

Clinton ”Buddy” Varley

      “Buddy” Clinton Varley 
       West Richland, Wash.

Bud Varley, 78, of West Richland, Wash., passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2002, in Kennewick, Wash.

Bud was born July 27, 1924 in Omaha, NE, to Andrew and Lena Varley. He spent his youth growing up in Omaha, during the depression, learning the value of hard work, graduated from Technical High School. In 1943, at the age of 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served during WWII in the Pacific conflict on the U.S.S. Vega, U.S.S. Robert H. Smith and U.S. S. Scater. Bud was honorably discharged in 1946. He went on active reserve status from 1950 TO 1977, WHEN Bud retired as Quarter Master Chief Petty Officer.

Bud married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Pahl in 1946. They settled in West Richland in 1947, building their home from the dunes up, while living in a G.I. tent. He was employed by the Washington State Department as a civil engineer for 26 years. He either built or worked on all roads from Snoqualmie Pass to the Oregon border. He retired in 1978. He was an avid golfer the last 25 years of his life. He played many course over the Tri-Cities, including those in Nevada and California where they spent many winters. Sham-na-pum and the West Richland Golf course were his favorites.

Bus was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, Eileen Frances, and daughter Shannon Varley. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara Jean Varley, brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Clara Varley of Omaha, NE; and four children, Kathy Moyer and husband Danny of Kennewick; Mike Varley and wife Darlene of Richland, Patti Milton and husband Dave of West Richland; and Sandi Linnen and husband Grant of Kennewick. They have six grandchildren, Cameron, Clint, Alex, Steve, Richard, and Michele; and four great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Kimberly, Kyle, and Isabella.

Bud will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His passion for living was a testimony to us all as he struggled back from a stroke, major surgeries, kidney failure, and fractured pelvis.

Funeral services will be held at Einan’s funeral Home on Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may me made to Columbia Basin Dive and Rescue.

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  • Sandi and family-So sorry for your loss. He was such a great Dad. He raised a beautiful, loving family that I always wished I could be a part of because there was so much love and joy. I am sure you have lots of great memories. All my love and prayers-Lissa

    Lissa Carey Holiway
    November 4, 2014
    Boise, ID, US
  • To Sandi and All of My Dear Varley Friends!

    I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Your Dad, “Husband”, was always a very kind man to me with a very sweet spirit. I just want you all to know,that you are in my thoughts and prayers as always and especially at this Holiday Season. I Love You all! Jill

    Jill Richey & Mike Bruun
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Gean l was very sorry to hear of yourloss my deepest sympathy are with you and your family. Sincere Condolences. Donna Heidelberg

    Donna Heidelberg
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Sorry to hear about your Dad. It sounds like he was a very interesting and special person. By reading the obit, Barbara found out she knew Sandi also…

    I’ll be in touch. Ron

    Ron & Barbara Feaster
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
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