Donald G. Varnes - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Donald G. Varnes

January 18, 1930 - September 14, 2018

Donald G. Varnes, age 88, of Newark, DE, passed away on Friday, September 14, after a long illness.

Born on January 18, 1930, in Mifflintown, PA, Donald was the son of the late Glen and Rebecca Varnes. He moved to Delaware in 1955 with his family, built his own home, and started his own business in 1958: Donald G. Varnes, Hardwood Floors, later becoming Donald G. Varnes and Sons, Inc., Hardwood Floors.

After retiring in 1995, Donald enjoyed spending time with his extensive family, fishing, and reading.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Dorothy Romaine; his four sons, Garry (Joanne), Steve (Valerie), Edward, Allen (Tracy) and daughter Janet Sanders (Stan) along with 20 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sisters, Jane White of PA and Shirley Kerr (John) of NC. He was predeceased by his brothers Ted, Roland and sister, Dorothy Leister.

Donald was a long-time member of the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 15 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of his Life at the church on Thursday, September 20, with visitation from 10:30 to 11:30 with a funeral service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald’s name to the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church at the address listed above.


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  • I’m sorry to hear about your loss and pain and wanted to share the Bible’s hope of a resurrection at John 5:28,29 at a time when there is no more sickness pain or death right here on earth according to Revelation 21:3,4.May the god of comfort give you comfort by means of the scriptures in this time of bereavement.

  • We are so sorry about your loss of your daddy, granddaddy, husband, and friend. He was such a special man. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We love you!!!

    Love and Prayers,
    Joan Sanders Perdue and Family
    Judy Kirk Sanders and Family

  • We are so sorry for the loss in your family. Please accept our condolences and prayers.

  • RIP CUZ. My heartfelt sympathy and love to Romaine and family. My thoughts are with each and everyone of you as you deal with your great loss. A remarkable man has finished his journey here on earth. God Bless.

  • Dear Janet, Stan and all the family,

    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May the Lord continue to hold you in His hands as Donald is safely guided to his eternal rest. His large family is a tribute to him and Dorothy and you have truly been the olive tress surrounding his table. May peace be yours as you continue to walk the path in faith.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Barbara and Joe Strasser, The Village of Long Creek

  • Janet, Garry and Family,

    I was so very sorry to hear about your Dad. I will be keeping you in my prayers during this difficult time. God Bless you all.

  • Janet and family…I would like to express my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad. May god bless you and may the memories of your Dad bring you peace.

  • Steve, Allen and family, we’re so sorry for your loss. May you find solace in knowing that he is at peace with our Father. Now it’s time to celebrate his life with family & friends! He leaves behind two fine men I’m proud to say are friends.

  • Janet and family, Gail and I extend our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. We pray that you and your family will feel Gods loving and comforting arms around you at this time. God bless you all.

  • Dear Janet & family,

    I’m continuing to pray for you as you will miss your dad and experience loss for many months forward.

    May you be encouraged knowing he is saved by grace & that you have many friends praying for you.


  • I was a long time friend of our husband. /w graduated from Juniata Joint together. I went in the Aie Force for 28 yers and lost track of Don. I just learned of his passing and wish to give my condolence.