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First Baptist Church
Friday November 5th, 2021

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David Veneklasen

David Sage Veneklasen


David Sage Veneklasen, 77, of Clinton and husband of Rosemary Mathews Veneklasen, passed away at his home, Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Born in Chicago, IL, he was a son of the late Dudley Ralph and Jean Sage Veneklasen, a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, FL, and a graduate of Presbyterian College. He was a US Army Veteran, serving in the Vietnam Conflict and was a retired captain in the US Army Reserve. He was employee for 38 years with the South Carolina Department of Disability and Special Needs where he retired as the Administrator of Support Services at Whitten Center in Clinton.

David was very active in civic and community service in Clinton and Laurens County. He served on the Board of Directors of the Clinton-Newberry Gas Authority, as President of the Piedmont Agency on Aging and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Museum. He was a former member and President of the Clinton Rotary Club. David was an artist, producing beautiful stained-glass for his friends and for the public. He supported local artists as a member of the Artists Coop in Laurens County. He and his late wife, Mary Jane, also operated Tiny Trimmings, a business that produced unique and personalized Christmas ornaments for collection and sale.

In retirement, David travelled abroad extensively with his wife Rosemary and friends. He also enjoyed being with his friends in Clinton as a member of ROMEO’s (Retired Old Men Eating Out). The ROMEO’s would meet weekly at restaurants, where they would have a meal and then buy lottery tickets. David was a trusted leader of the ROMEO’s. He served as treasurer and made sure there were sufficient funds to buy more tickets. He also was a member of the well-attended poker club, where good food and conversations were more important than winning at cards.

In life, David was friendly to all and a special friend to a fortunate few. He was calm in the face of turmoil and generous with his time and a very wise counsel. He was a very good man. In death, his family and friends mourn his loss and cherish his memory.

In addition to his wife Rosemary, he is survived by his daughter, Sage Veneklasen Zobel (Jeff) of Waxhaw, NC and two grandsons, Austin Zobel and Jake Zobel. Also surviving are stepsons, David Mathews (Angela) of Simpsonville and Rick Mathews of Clinton and four step-grandsons, Keaton Mathews, Brennan Mathews, Dimitri Hrysikos and Jordan Sink.

In addition to his parents, David is predeceased by his first wife, Mary Jane Jacobs Veneklasen.

The memorial service will be held Friday, November 5, 2021, at 11:00 at First Baptist Church of Laurens conducted by Rev. Adair Rogers and Rev. Tommy Cox with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Laurens, 300 West Main Street, Laurens, SC 29360.

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My sincere sympathies on the death of your husband.

Sheila McDaniel Nov 8 2021 6:12 PM

I only met David once, but he has touched my life forever. My mom passed away a few years ago. She had started a stained glass project, but passed away before she finished it. David was kind enough to finish the project for me and now I have a lasting memory of my mother forever. I will never forget the gift he gave me. I will pray for your family during this difficult time.

Susan Bennett Nov 6 2021 10:47 PM

I am sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you peace in the following months.

Sandra Laws Nov 6 2021 9:07 PM

Sympathy and prayers to you, Rosemary and family for our dear friend David.
Brownie Lovett and family

Brownie Lovett Nov 6 2021 1:40 PM

Dave was an officer in Delta Hi-Y in our high school, Robert E Lee, the year that I was privileged to be mascot of Delta. I remember him as a soft-spoken but very strong person with a perpetual smile and one of the nicest people I knew. May he rest in peace.

Mary Elizabeth Barker McMahon Nov 5 2021 2:48 PM

I only got to know David for a short while, but he left an indelible mark. He was always gracious and accommodating even when he didn't feel his best. I will be forever grateful for the short time I spent with him thanks to Rosemary calling me. Thank you so much!

KRISTA WIX Nov 5 2021 12:56 PM

To the family, Dave worked in Personnel when I went to Whitten. He was one of the nicest men that I was blessed to work with at Whitten. May God hold each of you very close to Him through the days ahead.

Nancy Alexander Nov 5 2021 9:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of David Veneklasen

Nancy S. Alexander Nov 5 2021 9:45 AM

Rosemary, so sorry to hear about Dave. What a wonderful person! I know you were happy to have him the short while that you did. We just found out this morning. Love always, James and Margie

Margie Martin Nov 5 2021 9:07 AM

So sorry to hear about Mr. Veneklasen's passing. We sure have missed seeing you all. Sending many prayers for comfort your way Mrs. Rosemary.

Clinton Family YMCA Nov 5 2021 8:33 AM

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