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October 27, 1998

One of the fixtures of downtown Perry soon will be missing from the scene, but not from our community. Dick Lindsey is preparing to retire after a half-century of keeping local motorist on the road as an expert mechanic at the local Ruble-Vance car dealership. Although the business he represents has been through several owners in the 50 years that Dick has labored there, he has been on the job in the shop all this time and it is not excessive to say that he has become a landmark 'a conspicuous object that marks a locality," as Webster's says.

Dick, whose real first name is Daniel, has looked over the shoulders of, and supervised, several other technicians through the years. His co-workers estimate he has made enough Oklahoma state inspections of vehicles to wallpaper the town square 100 time or more. He has helped several generations of the same families with their auto service and repair needs since 1948, when he first reported for work at Moore Chevrolet Co. here. He has done it all, from lube technician to shop foreman. In each case his No.1 aim was to make sure the vehicles he worked on were in tip-top shape when their owners drove them home.

His smiling countenance will be missed down there on the block just east of the town square, but it's nice to know that Dick and his wife, Velma continue to make Perry their home. If you'd like to wish him well, drop by Ruble-Vance on Friday Oct. 30 between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and shake his hand.

One way or another, Perry is losing some other stalwart folks. George Albright, one of the upper management team at the Charles Machine Works, Inc., and his wife, Luana, are moving on to a new challenge in Florida. Jeff and Judy Feuquay have relocated to nearby Guthrie, although Jeff is continuing his law practice here while Judy becomes administrator of the Guthrie hospital. All these people have been good citizens, serving this community and their churches in a variety of ways sharing with us their energy, creative ideas and leadership, and we're going to miss them.

In the same way the other day, our family lost a dear member when Laura's Uncle R.C. Collins died in Oklahoma City after a stroke. He would have been 83 years old last week, but you would never have known that from his list of daily activities. First and foremost among those was his church, where he was a "full-time" volunteer providing years of business expertise in the areas of finance and insurance. I was truly concerned about the impact of his death on the administration of his church's affairs, but his pastor's column in this week's newsletter was reassuring. He said: "We will miss R.C. Collins. He will leave a void in many areas of Baptist Temple church life. However, we are fully assured that not only will we see R.C. again, but the Lord will provide others to take over his areas of service!" Laura's Mom, who is 102, will miss her little brother and the rest of us will, too. He was the quintessential avuncular figure in our family.