Alfred Edward "Ed" Venham, 82, of Marietta, passed away at home, on Sunday, May 18, 2014, following an extended illness with his family by his side.
He was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Vincent to Hazel Beck and Charles Alfred Venham.
Ed was a 1949 Vincent High School graduate and he enlisted in the United States Army, March 1954. He was stationed in Germany with the 2nd Armored Division "HELL ON WHEELS" as an equipment recovery specialist, and was honorably discharged July 14, 1956.
Ed became a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5108 in 1965. In 1969, Ed became a life member of the VFW and was a member for 49 years. During his 49-year tenure, Ed served in many positions within the VFW to include Chaplain, Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Commander, and he completed 30 years as the VFW Quartermaster. Ed also served as an honor guard and called bingo for the VFW.
Ed worked as body shop manager for more than 40 years for a local Chevrolet dealership.
Ed is survived by his wife, Sharon L. Carver Moore Venham, and her children, Jennifer Lee Richards, Todd Everett Moore and Rodney Raymond Moore. Ed is also survived by his five children, Edward Douglas Venham (Debbie) of Belpre, Richard Lee Venham (Susan) of Marietta, Cathy Lynn Clegg of Marietta, Alfred Eugene Venham (Sandy) of Marietta, and William Ross Venham (Jane) of Belpre. He is also survived by three sisters, Vernice Best of Marietta, Rita Stack of Fleming, and Millie (Robert) Clark of Whipple; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents.
Ed was preceded in death by two grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Donald Venham, Frankie Venham, Maxine Venham, Mary Strickler, Carmen Brown, Evelyn Francis and Pauline Haught.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 22, at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home, with Pastor Scott Shawver officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park with full military rites. Friends may call from 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, with the family present from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Messages of sympathy may be sent at www.lankfordfh.com