Galen E. Varner

February 20, 1948 ~ November 20, 2019 (age 71)

Obituary Image


Galen E. Varner, 71, of Lewistown, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at his home.

Born February 20, 1948, in Shippensburg, he was a son of the late Beattie and Almeda (Zinn) Varner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his wife, Nancy (Haffly) Varner, Dec. 29, 2012; seven brothers, Charles, Richard, Russell, Rodney, Glenn, Floyd, and David "Lee" Varner; and sisters, Freda Ferguson and Dorothy Sheaffer.

Galen is survived by: his daughter, Angela K. Varner and companion, Herbert Cavanaugh Sr., of Lewistown; grandchildren, Patrick Swartz and fiance, Chelsea Brandt, of Shippensburg, and Katlyn Clepper, of Newville; great-grandchildren, Lola Swartz, Ahren Alvarez, and Dylan Kelly; and siblings, Robert Varner and wife, Virginia, of Shippensburg, Fay Over, of Shippensburg, and Kenneth Varner and wife, Joan, of Newville.

Galen was a Vietnam Army veteran assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade as a helicopter mechanic.

He retired from Overhead Door Corporation with 25 years of service in maintenance and shipping.

Galen was a member of VFW Post 7011, Lewistown, and an avid car enthusiast.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., Nov. 23, 2019, at the funeral home, with Pastor Randy Traxler officiating.

Interment with military honors will take place at Lind Memorial Cemetery, Green Ave., Lewistown.

Memorial contributions in Galen's memory may be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Galen E. Varner, please visit our floral store.


November 22, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn
200 N. Main St.
Lewistown, PA 17044

Funeral Service
November 23, 2019

11:00 AM
Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn
200 N. Main St.
Lewistown, PA 17044

Graveside Service
November 23, 2019

12:15 PM
Lind Memorial Cemetery
Green Ave.
Lewistown, PA 17044


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105

© 2020 Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Home, Inc.. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy