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Tributes: Former Lawton Douglass star Kenneth Wallace dies

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver caught a career record 35 touchdown passes, including 21 as a senior.
by Scott Munn Published: June 16, 2014

A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:

*Kenneth Wallace, 68, of Houston was a football standout in the 1960s at Lawton Douglass High School. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver caught a career record 35 touchdown passes, including 21 as a senior. Wallace was named to the South All-State Team after snagging 56 balls for 1,338 yards, most of those passes coming from quarterback Curtis Wilson. Wallace also excelled at defensive back and kick returner. In 1999, The Oklahoman selected Wallace for its All-Century Team was a wide receiver. After Wallace finished his prep career with 11 letters — four each in football and baseball and three in basketball — he went on to play the 1966 and ’67 seasons for coach Phil Cutchin at Oklahoma State. Wallace earned a degree in health and physical education and eventually worked as a park director in Markham, Ill., and Houston.

*Charles Zink, 64, of Oklahoma City worked for the Department of Human Services. As a young man, he starred in football and baseball at Northeast High School. Zink was a 6-foot, 200-pound All-State football player, starting all four years on the offensive and defensive lines. He was an Oklahoman All-City baseball pick as well as an Oklahoma High School Coaches Association outstanding scholar-athlete selection. Zink signed to play football at Oklahoma, but his career was cut short by injury.

*Brian Marchinko, 65, of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, played for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League over the 1969-72 seasons. He had 33 goals and 95 points for the Oilers. Marchinko played 47 games in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Islanders. He worked for the Canadian National Railway after hockey.

*Jerry Lee Wells, 70, of Glasgow, Ky., was an All-American basketball player for Oklahoma City University when it was an NCAA Division I program. Wells and Charlie Hunter, also a Glasgow native, were the first African-American players at OCU. Wells led the Chiefs — now known as the Stars — to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a 60-26 record over the 1963-66 seasons. He topped OCU in scoring over his junior and senior seasons, averaging 23.5 points. A two-time All-College Tournament team selection. Wells was chosen in in the second round of the 1966 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals, but he never played professionally. Shortly after he was picked by Cincy, he was drafted into the Army.

*Albert Neel, 88, of Oklahoma City was a boxer as a youngster. He won 10 Golden Glove fights as a welterweight. A World War II veteran who was a renowned swing dancer.

*Mike Dunn, 67, of Edmond helped coach the TLC Chargers’ 19-and-under softball team for several years. The Vietnam veteran was a long time season-ticket holder to Oklahoma football games. Friends and family celebrated Dunn’s life with a tailgate lunch, dressed in the colors of his favorite teams — OU, Dallas Cowboys, Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Yankees.

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by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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