Wilbur R. Venerable


Died: July 26, 2013
Wilbur R. Venerable, 88, of Bloomington, died 1:06 p.m. Friday (July 26, 2013) at his home.;His funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Adam Davis officiating. Entombment will follow at East Lawn Mausoleum, Bloomington. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral at the church. Calvert-Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial gifts may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or to First Baptist Church of Bloomington.;Born Nov. 9, 1924, in Beaver Dam, Ky., Wil was the son of Raymond and Eunice Hester Venerable. He married Carolyn Givens on June 16, 1949, at Lewisburg, Ky.;Carolyn survives, along with their son, Hud (Darby) Venerable, New Lenox, and their daughter, Lucy Brennan, Bloomington, two grandchildren, John Wilbur (Kelsey) Venerable and Lindsay (David) Hoffman, one great-grandson, Jacob Hoffman, and one sister, Mary (Douglas) Mize, Central City, Ky.;He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Wilma Green, and his brother-in-law, Lawrence Green.;Wil was a lifelong educator. He was a graduate of Lewisburg, Ky., high school. He received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown College. His master's degree is from the University of Kentucky, and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.;He served in the U.S. Army as a military medic at Killeen, Texas. Dr. Venerable began his career as teacher at Lewisburg High School and a teacher and basketball coach at Cynthiana, Ky. He also taught at Henry Clay Junior High in Lexington, Ky. He was assistant director of admissions at Northwestern University, Evanston, associate director of admissions at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and, from 1963 until his retirement in 1996, was director of admissions and associate professor of educational administration at Illinois State University, Normal.;Dr. Venerable was instrumental in the establishment of ISU's Preview student orientation program, as well as the High Potential Student and Presidential Scholar programs. His leadership in enrollment management resulted in significant advancements in student admissions during his 40 years at ISU. He was a mentor and adviser for countless foreign students and served on many major university committees. He was a member of the Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers. He was a member of the Illinois ACT Council and received recognition from that organization for his service to Illinois students.;Following his retirement, Dr. Venerable taught English as a Second Language. He was a member of ISU Senior Professionals, where he served as a mentor for honors students. He also was a volunteer tutor for high school students. He was a member of Normal Rotary Club and a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.;Wil was a member of First Baptist Church of Bloomington. During his 40 years of active church service, he taught adult Sunday school, served on the church board and was moderator of the church. He volunteered with Logos and was a founder of the Senior Program at First Baptist.;He had a life-long interest in sports. He was a member of his college basketball, baseball and tennis teams. He was an avid fan of local high school football and enjoyed playing golf and tennis. Wil will be deeply missed by his family, colleagues and friends.

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