Ronald 'Steve' Steven Venable 1958 - 2011 Olathe
Memorial funeral services for Ronald Steven “Steve” Venable, 53, Olathe, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City.
Mr. Venable died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Olathe Medical Center.
He was born July 31, 1958, in Garden City, the son of Merle and Janet Venable.
He attended the Jane Brooks School (for the Deaf) in Chickasha, Okla., the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe, and graduated from Baldwin High School with the class of 1977.
He was an outstanding nose guard on his father’s 1975 and 1976 football teams, and was regional champion in wrestling in 1975. He attended Johnson County Community College, but later graduated from Texas State Technical Institute in Waco in 1981 with a degree in machine technology.
Mr. Venable worked various jobs, including for Holiday Inn and King Radio, before he went to Texas and began working at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio as an air mechanic.
He had been a member of the Olathe Deaf Club.
Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Shane Venable, and Scott Venable and wife Jill, all of Baldwin City; a sister Susan Venable and her significant other, Mato Veber, of Chicago; nephews Cory and Max Venable; nieces Carissa Gripka, Meghan Venable and Jade Venable; a great-niece, Ava Kay Gripka; two aunts, Jalayn Helm of Ovilla, Texas, and Joyce Anderson of Hooker, Okla.; and many cousins. Also surviving is a special friend of the family and of Steve's, David Routh, who provided unconditional kindness and caregiving.
He was preceded in death by both his maternal and paternal grandparents; two paternal aunts, Robbie Venable and Coetta Mae Turner; and a cousin, Kevin Hatcher, in April.
The family will meet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Baldwin City.
The family suggests memorials to the Merle Venable Scholarship Fund through Baldwin Education Foundation, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.
Online condolences may be sent at www.lamb-roberts.com.