From The Daily Times, Pryor, Oklahoma, October 5, 1973, front page with photo.
"Ralph Venamon, Former Crime Chief, Dies Here Funeral services are scheduled for the First United Methodist Church in Pryor Thursday, October 7 at 10 am for Ralph L. Venamon, 46, retired highway patrolman and chief of the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation (Crime Bureau) under the administration of former Gov. J. Howard Edmondson. Rev. John B. Welch will officiate at the services with burial in Fairview cemetery.Harris Funeral Home is directing the services. Venamon, of 333 SE 7th Place, died in a local hospital Monday.He had undergone surgery for cancer some months ago.In lieu of other remembrances, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Cancer Society or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City. Venamon was a graduate of Adair High School and served 20 years with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.Later he was an agent and then appointed director of the Crime Bureau under Gov. Edmondson.During this time, he also served as pilot for the Crime Bureau. During World War II and the Korean War, Venamon was a fighter pilot, serving overseas during both wars.He was a member of Sullian-Lewis Post 182, The American Legion. Survivors include the widow, Kathryn, of the home; a son, Paul David, also the home;his mother, Mrs. Amy Venamon, Pryor;and a brother, Paul Venamon, Pryor."
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