Wesley Clifford (Butch) Venable
April 20, 1945 – April 4, 2021
Butch Venable joined God’s technical support team on April 4, 2021. Officially known as Wesley Clifford Venable, he was born on April 20, 1945 in Manchester, Georgia to Noah Wesley Venable and Flora Mae Phelps Venable. Serving proudly as a United States Marine led to his exposure to Agent Orange and multiple injuries which continued to affect his lifelong health leading to respiratory and heart disease.
Always a Georgian at heart, Butch’s career led him to live in North Carolina, California, and Oklahoma. On June 30, 1967, he married Vicki Partridge from Thomaston, Georgia. Their wedding took place three days before he left for Vietnam. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Christina (Aaron) Jochmans and Eric (Kristina) Venable, all of Broken Arrow. Grandsons Air Force 2nd Lt. Derrick (Kyla) Jochmans of Panama Beach, FL and Alex Jochmans of Broken Arrow made their grandfather very proud. As he married the youngest daughter, he became brother to three sisters who also survive – Madge Cox of Spring, TX, Lyn (George) Wheeler of Fayetteville, GA, and Mary Jo (Walter) Brown of Thomaston, GA. He is also survived by cousins, nieces, and nephews from Georgia to Texas to Ecuador. Butch was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Betty Davis, and two brothers-in-law, Jack Davis and Jerry Cox.
Butch joined the Marines in 1966, completed electronics training in California, and served in Vietnam from July 1967 until August 1968, and fought during the siege of Khe Sahn. For his valor, he received a Purple Heart and Navy Commendation Medal. Serving in the Marines was the greatest honor of his life.
Following meritorious service in the Marines from 1966 – 1969, Butch began his electronics career. He became a network engineer for America Airlines in 1978, helping to create the Sabre Network. He completed his network career with Equant and French Telecom when American outsourced their network. Following his retirement, he operated a small computer business, A Byte Above. The symbol of computer parts going to heaven was one of his favorites.
Wesley Clifford (Butch) Venable was a man of honor. He loved his family greatly. May God’s computers continue to run smoothly because He has welcomed Butch Venable into his heavenly network.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 8, from 6-8 PM at Rice Funeral Services in Claremore, OK. Burial will be announced later at Fort Gibson Veterans National Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to Community Food Bank of NE Oklahoma, 1304 N. Kenosha Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74106.
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