Arthur Varty

June 4, 1936-Feb. 8, 2020

Arthur Forrest Varty

was born in the family

home in Douglas, ND on

June 4, 1936, and passed

away at home on February

8, 2020, surrounded by

his family. Art spent his

last years in Bismarck,

ND, close to his family.

A celebration of his life

will be held on February

22, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., at

Shepard of the Valley

Church, 801 E. Denver

Ave., Bismarck, ND. Buri-

al will be held at the

North Dakota Veteran’s

Cemetery on Monday,

February 24, 2020, at

11:00 a.m., with full mili-

tary honors.

Art was the fourth child

born to Forrest and

Florence (Wolcott) Varty.

He spent a majority of his

childhood trapping and

hunting small game an-

imals around the town of

Douglas. He graduated

from Douglas High


Art enlisted in the Unit-

ed States Army on Oc-

tober 18, 1955. He proud-

ly served his country and

was stationed in Ger-

many. He was honorably

discharged in 1961. Upon

leaving the military, he

started his career as a pol-

ice officer and later the

sheriff of Nelson County.

Art will be remembered

for the wonderful stories

that he enjoyed sharing

with each person he came


He is survived by: his

wife, Diana (Shaw) Varty;

sisters Ruth (Arne) Tollef-

son, Maddock, ND, Bon-

nie (Fred) Martens, Great

Falls, MT, and Betty

(Richard) Schlichting,

Garrison, ND, daughters

LaRae (Ted) Kuusisto,

Bismarck, Nancy (Tim)

Krause, Bowdon; sons

Steve (Debbie) Varty, San

Marcos, TX, Tom (Tam-

my) Varty, Williston, Wil-

liam (Beth) Varty, Tolna,

grandchildren Brian

(Michelle) Varty, Doug

Varty, Brandy Varty, Ha-

ley Krueger, Katie

Krueger, Charlie Jo (Chris)

Varty, Kayla Baker, Sara

Krause, Kitanna Krause,

Victoria Varty, Lindsay

(Thomas) Varty, Forrest

(Annastasia) Varty, Jason

Kuusisto, Jeremiah


great-grandchildren, many

nieces and nephews, and

his special friends, Kris

Halverson, Gary Rankin,

Dr. Boyd Hagen, and K.

Thor Thompson.

Art was preceded in

death by: his parents,

Forrest and Florence

(Wolcott) Varty; brothers

Alfred ‘Bud’ Varty, Robert

‘Bob’ Varty, and David

Varty; sisters Lois

Schlichting, Dorothy Kell-

er, and Carol Klain.

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Art and to sign the online

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