Billiards champion makes surprise visit to local fan

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Nick Varner brightens Oakwood resident’s day

Feature Writer


TELL CITY – Oakwood Health Campus resident Richard Klueh was surprised recently with a visit from nine-time world billiard champion and former Spencer and Perry County resident Nick Varner.

Klueh, known as “Fox” by his billiard buddies, was an avid pool player in many local tourneys and remains a huge fan of Varner.

During Varner’s visit, he talked with Klueh and the residents and staff, posed for photos and autographed items.

A 1966 graduate of Tell City High School, Varner grew up playing pool in his father’s pool hall in Grandview. A quote on his website reads, “The young farm boy soon became a familiar sight in the pool room pulling a coke case around the table so that he could reach the shots on the table.”

Many Perry and Spencer Countians may remember those days. Klueh certainly does.

Klueh’s sister, Linda, said her brother has been a life-long fan of Varner. She recalled the two meeting many years ago, when Klueh had gleaned a few billiard tips from the world champion player.

Varner, whose aunt and uncle, Ben and Wandalea Varner, are also residents of Oakwood, had asked Nick to stop by to visit with Klueh. According to his sister, Linda, several other residents and Oakwood staff members stopped by to meet and greet Varner, who now lives in Owensboro, Ky.

“It was so nice, he was on his way to Louisville and took the time to stop by and see my brother,” she said.