Robert Allen Varner

October 1, 1941April 21, 2019

Robert A. Varner, 77, went home to his Heavenly Father April 21, 2019.

He is survived by his wife Irene Varner, his daughter Cynthia Fay Ritchie, three step daughters, six grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews.

He faithfully served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Hassler-Sutphin American Legion Post #166 in New Market, where he previously served as chaplain for a number of years. He was a committed school bus driver for Rockingham public schools until he retired. He was a dedicated route driver for Harrisonburg Dept. Public Transportation.

He had a love for fishing at the bay, antique cars; he enjoyed watching wrestling and NASCAR.

Robert never knew a stranger and was blessed with the gift of gab.He will be sorely missed by many.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date to be announced. Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.


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Gary Custer

April 29, 2019

Very sorry to hear of Bob ' s death . He was a good friend to me and an excellent body & paint man , always willing to share his expertise or relate a good story . He will be greatly missed .

Gary Custer , Mt . Clinton .

Brenda Haas

April 28, 2019

Just happened on this. I'm so sorry. I live in Grottoes now, but if there is anything I can do, please call me. My new # is 540-280-5315.

Regardless - you are still MY FRIEND....

Brenda Armentrout Haas

Avery Daugherty

April 26, 2019

Bob had the uncanny ability of capturing your attention with the stories he would share. He was a friend to all and a stranger to no one. Bob had a passion for helping others as was shown with his service to Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation where he worked for many years. Bob was loved by his passengers over the years at JMU. He was someone who always was up for a challenge and was never afraid to "tell it like it is." Bob will be missed by all he impacted at JMU and at HDPT.

Elisabeth Provenzano

April 25, 2019

Cindy I am so sorry for your loss. Mom will indeed miss Bob and so will myself and my children. He came into my life when Anna was born and has always been a kind and loving grandpa to my three children. He always told great stories and was certainly always available for a good laugh. I’m sure he’s made so many people laugh and smile through the years. I will miss him and his grin. I know my kids will always have fond memories of grandpa Bob. Let me know if you need anything. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Edwin Dove

April 25, 2019

Bob and my dad (Nelson Dove) were good friends. Bob did lots of jobs with us, from repairing tractors to helping with bus driving. I enjoyed getting to know Bob when he helped us build fence.

Bob was always honest with us, and we considered him a true friend. We will miss his big laugh.
Best wishes to you and your family,

Ed Dove

Susie Guyer-Cooper

April 24, 2019

Irene and family, the Guyer family sends our deepest condolences to you all in this difficult time. Not only was he family, but a great friend as well. Bob was a good man and we are saddened to hear of his passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. R.I.P. cousin Bob, we will miss you in many ways and will always remember the laughs and talks we shared. Work at HDPT won't be the same without you big guy! So this isn't goodbye, but see you later ❤️