A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience:
*Cecil Outhier was a Homestead native who worked 37 years for Haliburton Oil Services. He took great pleasure in teaching neighborhood boys how to pitch, hit and catch a baseball; kick and pass a football; shoot a basketball; and safely fire a rifle. A family obituary said Outhier “was every boy's favorite dad for many years.” He died recently at age 86.
*Carla Hertzog Elam, 42, of Chickasha was a supervisor for United Parcel Service. She was the mother of three, softball player Lynnsie and wrestlers Austin and Cael. The kids' athletic ability came naturally. Carla played softball and basketball at Lawton High School. She went on to play college softball while earning a business administration degree at Cameron. Carla also coached youth softball.
*Mitchell McElmurry, 61, of Muskogee was a three-sport letterman at Fort Gibson High School in the early 1970s. He played football, basketball and baseball, before moving on to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. McElmurry played competitive softball for several state championship teams. He returned to Fort Gibson High and served as an assistant football coach for more than 15 years.
*Jimmy Banks, 88, of Elk City was asked to play baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals organization out of high school. He instead chose the Navy, signing up in September 1942 as America faced the challenge of a two-front war. Afterward, he went home to southwestern Oklahoma and played semi-pro baseball in the Elk City League. Banks spent one season in professional ball, 1951, with the Pampa Oilers and Borger Gassers of the West Texas-New Mexico League. He wound up spending several years working for the postal service.
*Talala resident Errol Calvert Sr., 73, was an accomplished archer who bagged a state-record buck in 1963. Calvert was a body builder into his late 50s, receiving the Mr. Oklahoma Spirit Award after defeating kidney cancer.
*Jerry Meyers Jr., 66, graduated from Ada High School, which was about 10 miles from his hometown of Francis. Meyers served in the Vietnam War, and then worked in the oil fields as a mechanic. Free time was spent fixing and driving race cars.
*Ken Hopkins, 61, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was an all-area offensive lineman in 1970 for Lawton High. He earned a football scholarship to Northwestern Oklahoma State, although he finished an economics degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State. Hopkins, a supporter of youth sports, worked in health care while living in Florida.
*Ed Buddrus, 92, of Muskogee was president and chairman of the board of Acme Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. The World War II veteran was a disciplined athlete, running in many marathons during his life.
*Sharon Davis Ellwanger of Shawnee liked to tell people she grew up playing baseball with a kid who would go on to become a pretty good catcher — Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. Ellwanger, who grew up in the Oney area, died eight days before her 67th birthday.
*Jon Arrasmith, 33, was a silver medalist in tennis at the 1997 Sooner State Games. He was an All-City honorable mention selection as a senior, in 1998, at Choctaw High School and then played two seasons at Seminole Junior College. A die-hard Indianapolis Colts fan who worked for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation as an internal auditor for the game commission.
*Buddy Leake, 80, of Oklahoma City starred at halfback for the Oklahoma Sooners under coach Bud Wilkinson. For more on Leake's career, read staff writer Berry Tramel's story on NewsOK.com.
*Shirley Fulton Finley, 68, of Velma was an Army wife who coached youth baseball and bowling. ... Ernie Cox, who died on his 77th birthday, played baseball at Dale High School. ... Ben Morgan, 20, of Locust Grove was a swimming instructor at the Boys & Girls Club. ... Bob Perry, 73, of Enid coached youth basketball. ... Carl White, 52, of Choctaw wrestled at Carl Albert High School. The commercial plumber was a fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the Oklahoma City Thunder and the OU sports teams.
*Ward McCaskill, 93, of Hennipen spent 30 years as a faculty member at Star Spencer. The World War II veteran coached eighth-grade boys and girls sports. ... Army veteran Richard Stokes, 64, coached soccer at Park Lane Elementary School in Lawton. He was Cibalo, Texas, resident at the time of death. ... Allen Blaylock, 73, of Chickasha played football at Douglass High School. Also an avid golfer. ... Neva Dunbar Huffman, 78, of Vinita played basketball at Bluejacket High School. ...
*Richard Jack, 71, played basketball and wrestled for Sapulpa High School. ... Robert Adair, 76, was a longtime industrial arts teacher at Chouteau High School who participated in tractor pulls. ... Kathy Spess Bell, 63, of Stillwater played high school basketball at Mannford. ... Mike Blonien, 58, of Altus attended the University of Tulsa on a baseball scholarship. ... Ocie Davis, 82, was an Air Force veteran and longtime Department of Transportation employee. He was an avid Rush Springs High School athletics supporter.
BY SCOTT MUNN