January 4, 2023

John "Jack" Varcho, 86, of Gillespie, Ill., died at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City, Mo., on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. He was born April 18, 1936, in Benld, to John J. Varcho and Elizabeth Lacy. He married Anne Lee Zerbolio on April 8, 1961, in Benld. She preceded him in death on July 8, 2021.

He retired as a Lt. Colonel from the Air Force. During his service he was Navigator in the Vietnam War and flew 312 missions. Upon retiring, Jack and his family moved back to Gillespie and he became a member of the Ss. Simon & Jude Catholic Church and served as the school's principal. Jack was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. One of his greatest joys was playing cards and Legos with his grandchildren. He enjoyed many years as a Boy Scout leader, a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Gillespie VFW.

He is survived by sons, Nick (Michelle) Varcho, Andy Varcho; grandchildren, Eric, James, John, Rick, Zack; sister, Betty (Emil) Dadas; and nieces, Lisa and Caroline. John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anne Varcho; son, John M. Varcho; and daughter-in-law, Amy Varcho.

Private services will be held.

Memorials are suggested to the Boy Scouts of America or the Honor Flight network. Condolences may be left online at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie is in charge of arrangements.

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