Mr. Ronald "Ron" Lee Varner, 76, of Monroe, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at his residence. He was born Friday, August 20, 1943 in Spring Run, Pennsylvania to Raymond and Ethel Shields Varner. Following High School he graduate from Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Virginia with a Business degree. He married Katherine Ann Hall in Woodstock, Virginia Saturday, June 8, 1991. They later moved to Monroe, NC and a little time later moved Kathy's mother to their home. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Raymond Varner, sister Joan Varner and his beloved mother-in-law Jerri Hall.
Aside from his hard work and dedication to his regular campus duties At Charlotte Country Day School, Ron played an integral role in numerous construction projects. Those projects include the Hance Fine Arts Center, Bruton Smith Athletic Center, Katherine Watkins Belk Hall, and the Dowd Science Building on Bissell Campus.
Ron was the first recipient of the Hunter Sabbatical Grant in 2010 and was also awarded the Staff Exceptional Performance Award in 2007. Upon his retirement, David Mancos wrote of Ron: “Over his fourteen years of service, Ron has played a key role in overseeing multiple building projects, adding over 140,000 square feet to our two campuses, and supervising uncountable Country Day event setups, all while superbly managing the maintenance of our facilities, grounds and transportation. Of course, Ron is a devoted worker but he is also known for, and will be missed for, his delicious annual fish fry and summer picnics!”
Left to cherish his memory: his beloved wife Kathy Varner; daughter Carrie Shoupe; grandson David Varner, Jr and wife Karen; granddaughters Katherine "Kassie" Zohn and Ashley "Ronnie" Zohn; great grandsons David Varner, Eli Varner and Liam Varner; son-in-law Edward Zohn; his sister Shirley Gettel and husband Vince and several nieces and nephews, especially Rodrigo Rodriguez and Tracy Roriguez who enjoyed helping Ron keep his boat cleaned and serviced and nephew Tim Varner who always made sure Ron was in Pa for hunting season, he would drive down, pickup Ron and drive him back to PA, set up the stand where he could hunt and then drive him to hunt. Ron had many friends, those closest to him were Rick and Teresa Butler and Sondra and Ray McGee; they would take Ron to his boat and enjoy spending time with him. Additionally, Kathy is especially grateful for neighbor and friend, Amy Tolar who would go to great lengths to check on Ron as his health was failing.
A graveside service will be 2:00pm Friday, May 1, 2020 in the Lakeland Memorial Park Cemetery; 1901 Lancaster Avenue, Monroe, NC; with Reverend Joseph McMurray. Visitation will be 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm, Thursday, April 30 in the Good Shepherd Chapel of Life and Legacy Funerals and Cremations; 6525 Old Monroe Rd., Indian Trail.
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