Richard Lee Varvil (80) of Wheeler


Published on September 10 2012 4:15 pm

Richard Lee Varvil, Age 80 of Wheeler, IL passed away at 1:27 AM – Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham, Illinois. 

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM – Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Wheeler Cemetery in Wheeler, IL with full military rites by the Dieterich American Legion Post #628.  Visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 PM – Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Blake-Wright Funeral Home in Dieterich, IL.  The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at

Richard was born on September 15, 1931 in Harrisburg, IL the son of Hal and Ruby (Robertson) Varvil.  He married Kathleen Ann Fruchtl on August 8, 1970 and she preceded him in death on October 18, 2001.  He later married Ganna Ryzhenko on October 16, 2004.  He also owned the Varvil Orchard in rural Wheeler for many years. Richard served his country in the United States Air Forces and was discharged in 1955.  He then joined the National Guard and retired in 1991. Richard was a member of the Dieterich American Legion Post #628 and was a 50 year member of the Winterrowd Masonic Lodge #664 and former member of the Dieterich Ruritan Club.

Richard is survived by: Wife of 7 years – Ganna Varvil of Wheeler, IL...Step Sons – Glen Kinkelaar of Wheeler, IL and Tim (Beth) Kinkelaar of Rochester, IL...Step Daughters – Darlene Barber of Effingham, IL and Victoria Rice of Frisco, TX...Sisters – Marilyn (Jim) Kasa of Lincoln, IL and Elaine (Frank) Davis of Bloomington, IL...8 Grandchildren...and 8 Great Grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Kathleen.