CAPTAIN ROBERT TROY VENTERS Captain Robert Troy Venters of Wilmington, NC, died Thursday, January 30, 2014 at his residence. Bob was born in Wilmington on December 13, 1928, the son of the late Mark Delamar Venters, Sr. and Mary Belle Brinkley Venters. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 36 years, Lou Kaupinen Venters, and three siblings, Betty Davis, and Lewis and Mark Venters. Surviving are his wife, Juanita Ralston Venters; four children: Robert Venters, Jr., Kathryn Venters, Sharon DeGraw and husband Jim, and Shelley Kirk and husband Dan; nine grandchildren: Ashley Skinner, Amy Lou Taylor, Rachel Kirk, Michael DeGraw, Laura Venters, Daniel Kirk, Aaron DeGraw, Mary Kate DeGraw and Rebekah Young; five great-grandchildren: Keiley and Mikko Skinner, Airlie and Abram Taylor, and Violet Young; four siblings: John Venters, Virginia Lundquist, Billy Venters and Sarah Schoonmaker; and many nieces and nephews. Bob was raised in the Winter Park community where he was a paperboy and graduated from New Hanover High School. He earned a scholarship to play football at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a two year letterman. After earning a BA degree from Chapel Hill, he served as a Reserve Officer in the US Navy, and then earned his BCEC from North Carolina State University. Mr. Venters was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired from the US Corp of Engineers and as a Captain from the US Naval Reserve. Bob also was a member of the American Legion and an avid golfer, having recorded three holes-in-one. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Oleander Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be sent to www.andrewsmortuary.com Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and/or New Hanover Regional Community Paramedics. Andrews Market Chapel
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Feb. 2, 2014