William Gerald Venema, 91, of Hammondsport, N.Y., died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Taylor Health Facility, Bath, N.Y.
He was born Jan. 8, 1922, in Ilion, N.Y., to Siebolt and Wilma (Namminga) Venema. He married Florence Alice Cox Dec. 21, 1947, at First Presbyterian Church, Baldwinsville, N.Y., and she survives.
Survivors also include two daughters, Faith Showers of Palmyra , Pa., and Ruth Gundersen of Colchester, Vt.; and two sons, Scott (Kathryn) of Tiffin and Todd of Hammondsport, N.Y.; and five grandchildren, Jacob Showers, Rachel Searfass, Ellen, Paul and Grant Venema.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Benard Venema.
Bill was a graduate of Ilion (N.Y.) High School. He attended Oswego State Teacher's College and graduated from Syracuse University in 1950.
Bill was a veteran of World War II. He worked as a credit manager for Carrier Corp., Cherry-Burrell Corp. and the Wilber B. Driver Co. He was a talented designer and woodworker who built and repaired homes and furniture. He also served as the treasurer and was a board member for a number of civic and church organizations.
His memorial service will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church, Bath, N.Y. Bond-Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Burial will follow at a later date at Riverview Cemetery, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church restoration fund at First Presbyterian Church, 6 E. Morris St., Bath, NY 14810, or to a charity of the donor's choice.