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Information for Varney A. Keeter

15 February, 1907 - 11 November, 1984

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

November, 1984
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Varney Keeter

    Services for Varney A. Keeter, 77, Wilder, who died Sunday, Nov. 11, at his home, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. In-terment will be at the Wilder Cemetery.
    Mr. Varney was born in Christi, Okla., Feb. 15, 1907. His mother died when he was only 3 years old, and he was then raised by his grandparents. He went to grade school in Oklahoma, where he finished the sixth grade. As a child, he and his three brothers loved to fish and hunt.
    At the age of 20, he met and married Jewel C. Norris at Ketchum. Okla., in 1927, and settled on the Grand River near Ketchum. At that time, they relied on fishing, hunting and trapping for a living.
    In 1941, they and their three children moved to Idaho, and traveled between Idaho and Oklahoma, working. In 1956, they settled in Idaho permanently.
    He loved the outdoors and spent all of his spare time hunting and fishing with family and friends. His work consisted of orchard work where he pruned and prepared orchards in the winter. In the fall he was foreman over harvest crews. He retired from orchard work in 1979 at the age of 72.
    He is survived by his wife of Wilder; two daughters, Lela L. Brixey, Jay, Okla., and Betty Jenkins, Wilder; a son, Varney "Sonny" L. Keeter; a brother, Tom Elmo Keeter, Germany; a sister, Geneva Joe Safari, Florida; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, his mother and father.
    Friends may call at the Dakan Funeral Chapel from 5 to 9 tonight;
    Memorials may be made to the Care Unit of Mercy Medical Center.

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