John J. Varian
John J. Varian, 60, Third Marines, 4th Division, Lima Company, Vietnam 66-67, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 of heart failure. He was a casualty of war.
John did many things in his life. He edited a trade magazine, was a sports photographer for the Times Herald Record and The Met Golfer, and began an organic farm in Roxbury.
Through it all, though, he remained in Viet Nam. He went there almost every night in his dreams, nightmares and night terrors. He continually mourned his squad, who were all killed, leaving him the only one to return home. He startled with every gunshot he heard during hunting season. He was a passionate veteran for peace. War, when it‚Äôs over, doesn‚Äôt go away from the minds, hearts and souls of those who fought. War extracts a lifetime toll. War kills even 41 years later. The hope is that he is finally reunited with his squad.
Surviving are his wife, Linda; his sister, Maureen and brothers, Patrick and Billy.
There will be a memorial service at Holy Innocents Church in Halcottsville. The date has not yet been determined.
Donations in his name may be made to Veterans for Peace, 216 South Meremac Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105.
Arrangements are by the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury, NY.