Jesse Eldred Venters, 93, of rural Shelbyville died at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday (May 15, 2012) in St. Johnís Hospital, Springfield.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor with Rev. Robert and Rev. Janice Foulk officiating. Visitation will be one hour before service time. Burial will be in the Windsor Cemetery. A dinner will be held at the Sportsmanís Restaurant in Shelbyville immediately following the burial. Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes.
He was born January 26, 1919 in Sullivan the son of Melvin Tay and Myrtle (Maulson) Venters. He married Virginia May Anderson October 25, 1940 in Rock Island and she preceded him in death February 23, 2010.
He attended country schools around Sullivan, one year at Gays High School and graduated from Windsor High School in 1937. He started farming with his father using a team of horses and farmed until his retirement in 1980. He then enjoyed going to Florida and fishing. He was a member of the Shelbyville Moose Lodge and Shelby County Farm Bureau.
Surviving are daughter, Darlene Woodworth of Springfield; sons, Daniel Venters of Indianola, David Venters of Lawrenceville and Donald Venters of Spaulding; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister, Marie Clark, half-brothers, Royce and Harry Venters and one step-great-grandchild.