Harley Eugene Venters 1922-2018

Harley Eugene Venters, 95, died at his home surrounded by love and loved ones early on January 15, 2018

Harley was born on November 12, 1922 in Fox Oklahoma—as he often said in a boxcar in an oil patch. His parents were Harley Venters and Emily Tate Venters. He was a cadet pilot before graduating West Point in 1946. He married Anne Matilda Liccione of Mount Vernon, NY on October 4, 1946. In 1950 he left the military and attended OU Law School. In 1953 Harley was elected to Carter County Attorney and then in 1955-7 he was elected a state representative. In 1960 he became Judge of Industrial Court in Oklahoma City. After public service he successfully ran his law practice for the next forty years.

He was active in his community and was one of the founding members of The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma. The Harley E. Venters award for philanthropy was created in his honor. He was an elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church and currently an active member of the Mayflower Congregational Church.

Law and justice and politics were his passions but ranching and cows were his hobbies. He was always pleased about his purchase of cows from the LBJ ranch.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Anne Venters, three of his children, Christopher Venters and his wife, Madelon Venters; Wanda Venters and her husband Bradford Miller, and Shelly Venters Jacobs; seven grandchildren: Brent Adkins, Erin Miller, Jon Miller, Kelly Miller, Katy Jacobs, Haley Jacobs and Hannah Jacobs and 5 great grandchildren: Cole Adkins, Addison Adkins, Alachi Jackson Miller, Theodore Harley Mayer and Logan Rogers; and his sister Wanda Veal.

Services will be at: Mayflower Congregational Church on Monday, January 22 at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Real Rescue:

Real Rescue, Inc.
P. O Box 358 Arcadia OK 73007, Donation Tax ID 73-1607159


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