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Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home

9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Robert Alexander Varshal

April 3, 1935January 5, 2020
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Robert “Bob” Varshal Sr, age 84 of Austin, Texas transitioned peacefully on Sunday January 5, 2020, surrounded by the love of his family. Bob was born on April 3, 1935, in East Chicago, Indiana to George and Katherine Varshal. He attended Western Michigan University where he proudly played on their basketball team and majored in Business Administration. Bob worked at IBM for 38 years in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and retired with IBM in Austin, Texas. Bob enjoyed everything sports. He continued to play recreational basketball for many years after college and loved going to watch basketball games. His all-time favorite team was the Boston Celtics and he could tell you everything about them. Bob also got so much pleasure out of helping his children keep their lawns beautifully manicured, along with his own. He also kept up with politics and quite a few of his “Letters to the Editor” were published in the Austin American Statesman. Bob loved his annual trip up North with Joni to visit their friends and relatives, and especially enjoyed their 4th of July celebrations at the Andrus cabin. Bob and Joni were so very proud of their grandkids and great grandkids and wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to be with their family. They really loved the holiday family gatherings, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Family was the highlight of their world and it is beautiful that they are together again.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife Joni of 61 years, parents George and Katherine Varshal, and brother Jim. He is survived by children Bob Varshal Jr., Tom Varshal and Linda Maurer; daughters-in-law Judy Varshal and Alona Varshal and son-in-law David Maurer. He is also survived by grandchildren Jacob and his wife Angela, Jennifer and her husband Bill, and Megan and Katie; and great-grandchildren Leon, Sidney and Lucy.

In addition to Reverend Sheri Clifton at Bethany United Methodist Church, the family would like to thank the entire staff at Texas Oncology for their gentle care and Ascension Seton downtown Austin for their exceptional care given to Dad.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to Texas Oncology-Austin Central at www.texasoncololgyfoundation.org/giving.donate-online and under tribute info, indicate your donation is in memory of Robert Varshal or a check can be sent to Texas Oncology Foundation at 12221 Merit Drive, Dallas TX 75251 and indicate in the memo of the check “In memory of Robert Varshal” so proceeds go to Austin Central.

  • FAMILY

  • Bob was preceded in death by his wife Joni of 61 years, parents George and Katherine Varshal, and brother Jim.


    He is survived by children Bob Varshal Jr., Tom Varshal and Linda Maurer; daughters-in-law Judy Varshal and Alona Varshal and son-in-law David Maurer. He is also survived by grandchildren Jacob and his wife Angela, Jennifer and her husband Bill, and Megan and Katie; and great-grandchildren Leon, Sidney and Lucy.

Services

18 January

Memorial Service

10:00 am

Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home

9700 Anderson Mill Rd
Austin, Texas 78750

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Robert Varshal

January 17, 2020

Dear Dad,
Thanks for everything. Little things like teaching me how to shoot a hook shot, break a full-court press, and for attending all of my games. Bigger things like driving from Texas to Minnesota/Wisconsin to visit us every summer. And hosting us for special winter holidays. We lived far apart but frequently talked and we were able to stay close despite the distance.

I'll miss you a lot, but I promise I'll never forget you.

Love,
Bob

Tom & Kathy Manning

January 17, 2020

I knew Bob from interaction at work in Rochester, but really got to know him and Joni after a large number of Rochester IBM'ers moved to Austin in 1980. One of my first memories after we got to Austin was a party to celebrate Bob and Joni's 25th wedding anniversary. We got to be great friends of Bob and Joni over the years. We will miss him, and our prayers are with his family at this time of sorrow.

Dan Cox

January 16, 2020

Wow, Bob we will miss you.
Your lovely disposition in the office.
Your wonderful hellos when we would hit golf balls into your back yard at Spicewood.
Your enlightened letters to the Editor read with relish.
You were always there with a smile or a smirk depending on the conversation.
We will miss you.

Linda (Squirt) Maurer

January 11, 2020

Dear Dad,
I miss you so very much already! I can’t thank you enough for giving me such an amazing life and for raising such a wonderful family. You were always completely present in our lives and the lives of your grandchildren which is a true blessing. I love how family was your everything, next to sports. ☺️ I’m so grateful how involved you were in not only my life, but also the many activities of Megan & Katie. You showed them both so much love, along with David and myself.
I sure appreciate the beautiful halo on Sunday. Please continue to send things my way. 🌈 ☀️Give Mom a big hug and kiss from us.
I love you so much Dad.
Squirt ❤️

Don and Sharon Gabrielson

January 9, 2020

Dear Varshal Family-Bob was such an amazing man. We can only imagine the glorious reunion he and Joni are having in heaven with Ruth and Verne! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
All our love,
Don and Sharon Gabrielson

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