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August 14, 1941—Taloga Times Advocate--Joe Ventioner, a colorful figure of Dewey County since before the country was opened for settlement; passed away in the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Epperly, in Oklahoma City August 111 and was laid to rest beside his wife and daughter, in the Raymond Cemetery, August 14.

            Mr. Ventinoer, Uncle Joe, to his many friends, was the last of the old time law enforcement officers, of the period when the “draw” was the law and Uncle Joe, probably, did more than any other man to rid western Oklahoma of its lawless element.

            During the time that he lived in what is now Dewey County he was Deputy United States Marshal, undersheriff, special deputy and for many years jailer.

            All of Dewey County and surrounding territory will miss the familiar figure of Uncle Joe, with this white-handled Colts, his genial smile and greeting and his hearty handshake for his old friends.

            The funeral services were held in the Taloga Christian church.  The Capitol Hill Funeral Home was in charge of funeral and Rev. E. J. held the funeral.

            The pallbearers were Frank Butler, Perry Skelton, C. P. Llovett, J F. Burshansen, R. D. McCray and J. E. Fairchild.  The songs, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere”, “Rock Of Ages” and “Land Where We Never Grow Old” were beautifully rendered by a quartet consisting of Mrs. Ben Kouns, Mrs. J. A. Croft, and R. E. Charmichael and Julius Foster.

            The relatives from a distance, who attended the funeral, were Earnest Ventioner and wife of Elderado, Arkansas, Mr. And Mrs. George Epperly and daughters of Oklahoma City, Will Gastineau, wife and daughter of Enid, Mrs. Gene Ratliff of Thomas, and Mr. And Mrs. Rhymer of Leedey.

            Mrs. Epperly, Grover Epperly and wife, Pearl Epperly, David Epperly, wife and son and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Kerns of Webb and C. C. Jones, a long time association of Mr. Ventioner and Jimmie Laws were over from Camargo and many from the J. V. Flats were in attendance.  So passes another Dewey County’s pioneers.