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Wiley Kent Venable

February 25, 1936 June 30, 2020
Wiley Kent Venable
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Wiley Kent Venable age 84, of Mangum, OK, passed away Tuesday June 30th, 2020 at the Mangum Regional Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Kent was born in Reed, OK to Frank and Edna (Hatchett) Venable. He was raised and Educated in the Reed and then Mangum Schools where he graduated from HS in 1954. He was an athlete and involved with many sports during HS. He continued his education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford where he graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. After College, Kent, enlisted in the Navy November 8, 1958. While in the Navy, Kent served in Test Pilot training. He had a love of planes and also owned his own plane in his later years. After discharge from the Navy, Kent held some interesting jobs. He was employed by a seismograph company, later becoming the supervisor for Dynamic Astronautics where his job was to oversee construction of missile sites in this area. He then moved to Africa for a couple of years where he was employed by a chemical company. Eventually settling back in Southwest Oklahoma, he went to work at the Oklahoma State Reformatory where he retired as a Senior Case Manager.
Kent married Carol Lucas in 1983 and gained 3 step-children Sandie, Kerry and Tuni. Even
though their marriage ended in divorce, he remained close to her children. Kent always enjoyed going to the grandchildren’s ball games and activities. Kent was a very caring, giving person always ready to help others. Kent was an avid reader, crossword puzzle solver, a lover of dogs and cats and enjoyed fishing with his buddies when his health allowed. He loved and adored his church family at the Abundant Life Church.
Kent was preceded in death by his brother, Mike Venable Sr., and parents Frank and Edna Venable.
He is survived by his step-children Sandie Gibson and husband Keith, Kerry Pettingill and wife Melissa of Broken Arrow, Tuni Lively and husband Dustin. A nephew, Mike Venable Jr. and wife Sylvia of Texarkana, TX, Grandchildren: Lacey Pettingill, Sam Gibson, Kara Lenard, Hannah Gibson, Loclynn, Lynsi and Landri Lively. Great Nephews Scott Venable and wife Autumn, Corey Venable and wife Katherine, great-great nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful cousins and friends, especially Waunice Bull who was always making sure Kent was taken care of and had the things he needed.

Services will be held at the Greer Funeral Home Friday July 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm with Steven Clark officiating.

Services are under the direction of Greer Funeral Home, Mangum, Oklahoma.


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