Arthur Forrest Varty was born in the family home in Douglas, ND, on June 04, 1936, and passed away at home on Feb. 8, 2020, surrounded by his family.
Arthur Forrest Varty was born in the family home in Douglas, ND, on June 04, 1936, and passed away at home on Feb. 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 Feb. 22 at 2 p.m., at Shepard of the Valley Church, 801 E. Denver Ave, Bismarck, ND. Burial will be held at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m., with full military 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 animals around the town of Douglas. He graduated from Douglas High School. Art enlisted in the United States Army on Oct. 18, 1955. He proudly served his country and was stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1961. Upon leaving the Military, he started his career as a police 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 across. He is survived by; his wife, Diana (Shaw) Varty; sisters, Ruth (Arne) Tollefson, Maddock, ND, Bonnie (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 (Tammy) Varty, Williston, William (Beth) Varty, Tolna; grandchildren, Brian (Michelle) Varty, Doug Varty, Brandy Varty, Haley Krueger, Katie Krueger, Charlie Jo (Chris) Varty, Kayla Baker, Sara Krause, Kitanna Krause, Victoria Varty, Lindsay (Thomas) Varty, Forrest (Annastasia) Varty, Jason Kuusisto, Jeremiah Kuusisto; 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 Keller, and Carol Klain. To share memories of Art and to sign the online guestbook, go to www.eastgatefuneral.com.