William R. Venable Jr.

November 2, 1930January 1, 2013

Dad passed away peacefully on January 1, 2013 at his home. He had enjoyed the holidays with his family. The son of William Ralph, Sr. and Anna Josephine Larkowski, was born at Providence Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and had lived in Overland Park since 1961. He attended St. Rose of Lima School grade school and graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1948. He attended St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas, served in the U.S. Air Force in Europe during the Korean War, and graduated from Rockhurst College with a degree in business in 1959. Bill also attended the Kansas City School of Law, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society.

He had intended a career in professional baseball and signed a contract with the Cincinnati Reds but suffered a shoulder injury that ended his pitching days. Fortunately he was also pitching for a corporate team at Western Electric, where he went on in management for 37 years and retired as a department chief at the Lee’s Summit Plant.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 51 years, Kathleen L. (Krivas) Venable, and an infant daughter Mary. He is survived by his five children and their families: son, William R. Venable III, wife Kathy and children Jesse, Melissa and Kristina Hagan; daughter, Kathleen Ann Wagner, husband David and children Laura, Elizabeth and Robert; daughter, Virginia Suzanne Kalnasi, husband Steve and children Kristin, Kelsey and Kara; daughter Jane Elizabeth Williams, husband Scott and children Whitney, Madison and Halle; his great grandson Jackson Ubben; son, Robert J. Venable, wife Heather and daughter Victoria; and his brother-in-law John J. Krivas.

Bill was active in the support of all of his children in their athletic, civic, and social activities. He was a basketball coach in CYO at Cure of Ars’and Great American for the boys and JCGAA Softball for the girls. He also spent many years bowling with Kathleen and the kids in leagues and tournaments. He was very active in the community as a member of the Rockhurst High School Father’s Club, Parents of Miege High School, Cub Scout Master at Troop 3395, and the Bishop Ward High School Alumni Association.

Over the years Bill and Kathleen enjoyed frequent trips to the horse races at Ak-Sar-Ben, watching KU Basketball, and keeping up with all of their children and families. Visitation will be held at McGilley State Line Chapel on Friday, January 4th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Queen of the Holy Rosary on Saturday, January 5th, at 10:00 a.m., with burial following in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Kathleen Krivas Venable Scholarship at Bishop Ward High School, in Dad’s honor.

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  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Rosary Service Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 5, 2013

William R. Venable Jr.

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Joe Thompson

February 6, 2013

We will light a candle for you and the family. Our thoughts and prays are with you all. God Bless.

January 22, 2013

Bill and Kathy,
I am sorry for your loss. The first thing I thought of was bowling at Ranchmart Lanes. Our families had some good times.
Carolyn Rode Bates

Mark and Ann (McCaughey) Killen

January 9, 2013

Ann and I are thinking of you. We send our thoughts and prayers

January 9, 2013

Bill and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. What a small world we used to live in, on 98th St. Everyone knew each other and really cared about each other. I miss those days. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm sorry that I was out of town and missed the services.
Dan Myers
Kansas City, MO

Michael Gant

January 8, 2013


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Steve Renko III

January 8, 2013

Mr. Venable was my first basketball coach. He helped me develop a love for the game. He was a great guy! My thoughts are with the entire family. I'm sorry for your loss.

Ann Schultis

January 7, 2013

Bill and Kathy,
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kevin Taylor

January 7, 2013

Your family has been in my prayers. It was a pleasure meeting Bill only days before Christmas.


January 7, 2013

Bill, I was sorry to hear about the death of your father. I have lifted you and your family in prayer that God will pull you cose to His heart and give you comfort in these days of grief.
Shirly A. Kleiner

Phil and Lee Ann Orscheln

January 6, 2013

A great man will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family At this very sad time. God bless.