*Richie Akin was an offensive lineman for the Putnam City North Panthers in 1984 and 1985. The former merchandiser for Mathis Bros. Furniture was employed by Deer Creek Public Schools at the time of death at age 45.
*Paul “Big Daddy” Moser played fast-pitch softball in the 1950s for the powerful Brittain Horton Insurance team. The club won state championships in 1956, 1957 and 1958. Moser, a Midwest City resident, died recently at age 85.
*Machinist and adventurist Bill Stengle raced midget cars. The Enid resident was in training to pilot B-25 and B-26 bombers during World War II, but Japan surrendered shortly before he was scheduled for deployment to the Pacific. Stengle died at age 95.
*Rylee Miller, 21, was a member of the Northwestern State University rodeo team. ... Anthony Hartfield Jr., 20, former U.S. Grant basketball star. ... Patsy Sutton, 74, wife of former Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton and mother of Oral Roberts basketball coaches Scott and Sean Sutton.
*Gene Murray, 85, was veteran journalist at The Oklahoman, retiring in 1989 as Sunday editor. What separated Gene from many of the other “grizzled” scribes were the smiles and genuine “How are you doings?” to the sports writers who were wet-behind-the ears cubs in the early 1980s. Thanks for making us feel part of the team, Gene.