Alfred Varady, 74

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Alfred "Big Al" E. Varady, 74, of Mountain Home, died at his home on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006.

Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Niche Wall in Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home.

Big Al was born Oct. 29, 1931, in North Hampton, Mass., the son of Alfred and Mary Ann Varady.

After high school, he joined the Air Force. After 20 years of service he retired and then worked 20 years for the Civil Service.

On Sept. 8, 1963, he married Betty D. Campbell in Greenville, S.C. Together they had one daughter, Carol Ann. In 1967 they moved to Mountain Home.

Big Al was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an expert on guns and reloading and advised others on the proper techniques of loading ammo. His hobbies included making gun stocks, collecting knives and being in the outdoors. Big Al was a devoted husband and father, his family said.

He is survived by: his wife of 43 years, Betty Varady, his daughter, Carol Varady, of Mountain Home; sons Alfred Varady, Jr., of North Carolina, Heath Varady of Tennessee, Mark Varady of Arizona; a daughter, Susan Klosek, of Arizona; a brother, Robert Varady of Massachusetts; a sister, Charolette Dwyer of Massachusetts, nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both his parents and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Legacy Hospice, 680 S. Progress Ave., Meridian, ID 83642, or a cancer foundation of choice.