Ralph D. Venen

Ralph D. Venen
Ralph D. Venen of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Monday, August 24, 2009, in Kalamazoo. Mr. Venen was born January 4, 1931 in Rices Landing, Pennsylvania to Darwin and Thelma (Davis) Venen. Ralph served his country as a radio operator in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. While stationed in Germany he met his future wife, Waldtraut Bauer. She moved to the United States in 1952, they reconnected in 1955 and were married in Detroit in 1956 and were married for 33 years. Ralph earned his Bachelor Degree in Business at the University of Detroit and for many years was employed at Parker Hannifin Brass in Otsego as Materials Manager. For 12 years he was President of the Otsego School Board and in that capacity spoke at each of his children’s graduations. He was a past president of the Otsego Lions Club, was published in Metals Age and volunteered at many of his children’s sports activities. He enjoyed golf, loved to travel, enjoyed cooking, having lunch with his friends “the Romeo Club” and was a big sports fan. Surviving are three daughters and a son, Linda (Grant) Cole of Otsego, Susan (Kent) Bock of Grosse Pointe Woods, Ralph (Renee) Venen of Bloomfield Hills and Robin (Larry) Boeling of Oakland Township; six grandchildren, Eric Cole, Aaron and Timothy Boeling, Carter and Caroline Bock and Sara Venen; a sister, Lenore Holsopple of St. Mary’s, PA; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Waldtraut, in 1989 and by his brothers, Bertram and Darwin. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, with funeral celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Contributions in memory of Ralph may be made to Fresenius Medical Care (dialysis center) in Allegan.
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