Gold Star Nevada founder Varela dies

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Roger Varela, founder of Gold Star Families Nevada National, has passed away from cancer.

He championed the Gold Star Family license plate in honor of his 19-year-old son, who was killed in action in 2007.

Throughout his life, Varela worked to bring recognition to Gold Star families in Nevada.

His family plans to hold a celebration of life in Fernley this spring.