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August 25, 1958 – Saturday, November 5, 2016

Service Information
Community Center, Old Agency Village, SD
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
1:00 PM

Visitation Information
Community Center, Old Agency Village, SD
Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 7 & 8
7:00 PM

Richard was born on August 25, 1958, to William and Jeanette (Seaboy) Varns in Sisseton, South Dakota. He grew up in Sisseton where he graduated from Sisseton High School in May of 1976. He excelled in his academics and sports. After graduation, he enlisted in the National Guard Reserve where he received the Army Achievement Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Meritorious Achievement Award. He was promoted to Sergeant.
After leaving Sisseton, Richard went to work for AGE Construction out of Pierre, South Dakota, as an oiler, welder, and mechanic. He returned to Sisseton in 2000 and was employed by Fuel Inc for 16 years.
Richard enjoyed being outdoors, and especially enjoyed taking long walks with his wife Lucy. He was quite the hunter and fisherman. He was also a great cook could make you a dish you would not soon forget. Some of his hobbies included trapping, welding, and going to movies and concerts. He also enjoyed visiting with family and friends. Richard will always be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity, and a caring heart for everyone; especially his love for family.
Richard is the proud father of one daughter, Jacenta Varns Milk, and sons, Weston Quinn, Richard Varns Jr., and Matthew Varns. He also is the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren. Richard was joined in marriage to Lucy Cloud on November 1, 2016. They shared many fond memories together.
His siblings include Darlene (Morgan) Redday, Delight Robertson, William Varns Jr., Joyce Crawford, John Varns, and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents William and Jeanette Varns, his brother, Robert Seaboy, and his nephew, Morgan Redday Jr.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ricki Bloomenrader

    We wish to send our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Richard’s family. We feel fortunate to have known Richard and to have worked with him for many years. What a good-hearted man he was, always with an amazing sense of humor and quick wit. He had a special outlook on life. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
    Dale Kiepke and Ricki Bloomenrader

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  2. A-G-E Corporation Contractors

    To Richard’s family, our condolences in his passing. He is fondly remembered by many of our employees here for his humor, his art work, his love of his kids and his perfection in the work he did. We are thankful for the years he was with our us which dates back to 1978 when we built the interchange at Summit on I-29 and then his return after serving our country in the military. God be with you all, thanks Gary

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  3. Betty J RedDay Dwarf

    My sincerest condolences to Richards entire family. May the Lord comfort you all during this sad time. You are all in my prayers. Darlene, Delight, Willy, Joyce & to his Children I send my deepest and Sincerest condolences.

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  4. shirley wyman

    Thought and prayers to Richards family.

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