PRYOR, OK —
John H. Venable died Feb. 27 after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
A Korean Era Veteran of the US Air Force, he died at the War Veterans Home in Bossier City, La. He was born in Pittsburg, Kan., on June 24, 1925, but grew up in Pryor.
He left home to join the Merchant Marines and served during World War II. 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, grandson Christopher Lee Venable and his wife of 59 years Lois Ellen Fulford Venable.
He is survived by his brother Carl Venable of Skiatook; sons Gary Venable and wife Donna of Vinton, Va. and Dr. Riley Venable and wife Kathleen of Houston, Texas; daughter Kelley Venable and husband Schyler Elliott of Bossier City, La; grandchildren Ronnie Peterson (Bridget), Ryan Peterson (Heather), Amanda Paxton (Jarrod); great-grandchildren Nikkolette Paxton and Zachary Solan Peterson. Generous in death as he was in life, he donated his body to Louisiana State University. 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.