Roy Varney, a prominent farmer of Prairie Creek, died Sunday, August 25, 1935, at Hot Lake after having been taken there for treatment following a two weeks illness. He had been in poor health for some time as a result of a serious heart disease but had carried on his usual farm work until his condition became serious two weeks before his death. It is thought that an injury he received while building a barn might have hastened his death.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church with Rev. G.R. Archer in charge and interment took place in the Prairie Creek cemetery.
Roy Mason Varney was born in Augusta, Kansas, and died at Hot Lake August 25, 1935, at the age of 44 years, 10 months and seven days. He came to Wallowa county 28 years ago and lived with his family in the north end for some time.
On October 19,1912, he was married to Bessie Conrad of Flora. To this union were born four children. Violet, Vester, Otis and Walter all of whom survive him. His parents died some years ago but he is survived by one sister, Ina Beard, and two brothers, Walter and Miles.
Mr. Varney was known as a kindly, hospitable man and co-operative with his neighbors. He was a hard worker and ambitious to make good and had recently built a new house and barn on his farm making it one of the best improved farms in his locality.
Enterprise Record Chieftain, Thursday August 29, 1935