John H. Venable
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John H. Venable passed away, February 27, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. A Korean Era Veteran of the US Air Force, he made his final take-off at the War Veterans Home in Bossier City, LA. John was born in Pittsburg, Kansas on June 24, 1925 but grew up in Pryor, Oklahoma. In his lifetime, he did many things. He left home to join the Merchant Marines and served during WWII. He held several patents while working for Boeing, and helped build the B17 Flying Fortress that is now on display at the Barksdale Global Power Museum. While in the Air Force he flew rescue missions to the Belgian Congo, saving 27 missionaries and one dog. After returning home to the United States, he moved his family to Bossier City. He was an Optimist, Scoutmaster of Troop 109, and a practical joker; but above all he was a family man. He was completely dedicated to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents General Huston Venable and Rosa Jones Venable, three brothers, one infant daughter, his grandson Christopher Lee Venable, and his wife of 59 years Lois Ellen Fulford Venable. He is survived by his brother Carl Venable of Skiatook, OK; sons Gary Venable and wife Donna of Vinton, VA and Dr. Riley Venable and wife Kathleen of Houston, TX; daughter Kelley Venable and husband Schyler Elliott of Bossier City, LA; grandchildren Ronnie Peterson (Bridget), Ryan Peterson (Heather), Amanda Paxton (Jarrod); and great grandchildren Nikkolette Paxton and Zachary Solan Peterson. Generous in death as he was in life, he donated his body to LSU HSC. Special thanks are owed to Northwest Louisiana War Veteran's Home and the wonderful staff on Wing 4 who cared for him in his final years.
Published in Shreveport Times on Mar. 7, 2014