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Sen. Jim Inhofe's son identified as victim of plane crash

Perry D. Inhofe, a surgeon and the eldest child of the Oklahoma senator and his wife, was identified using dental records. The senator made no statement Tuesday on the tragedy.
by Chris Casteel Published: November 13, 2013

— The body of Perry Dyson Inhofe II was positively identified Tuesday by the Oklahoma chief medical examiner's office as the victim of a plane crash on Sunday near Owasso.

The 51-year-old surgeon was the son of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and his wife, Kay. He was the pilot and only occupant of the plane when it crashed.

The medical examiner's office used dental records to make the identification. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

His funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. Perry Inhofe, the eldest of the four Inhofe children, is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two sons.

While U.S. Senate leaders extended their condolences to the Inhofe family, the senator made no public statement Tuesday, and a representative asked that the family's privacy be respected.

In remarks on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “flying airplanes is in the blood of Jim Inhofe and his family.”

“I really care a lot about Jim Inhofe,” Reid said. “He and I are unquestionably friends ... He's a man of great faith, and I feel comfortable that he will be able to work his way through this.”

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, spoke of the “heartbreaking loss” and the Senate chaplain included the Inhofes in his daily prayer.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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