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June 22, 2001

Sadly, the Obituary columns in the Daily Oklahoman often bring us stories about the deaths of former Perry area residents. Just within the last few days we learned of the passing of some more. Here are three such names that you may remember from another era: Armin Dautenhahn, Dr. Jerald R. Locke and Seymour Davis III, all from the Oklahoma City area but with strong connections locally.

Dr. Locke was a former minister of the Perry Church of the Nazarene who went on to become superintendent of the denomination's Northwest Oklahoma District from 1964 to 1978. Other pastorates included Kankakee, Ill., Kansas City, Kan., and Edmond. Dr. Locke was born and reared in Dallas. He was a friendly, well-liked pastor while serving the Perry church. He passed away June 13 in Oklahoma City.

Armin Dautenhahn was born on September 15, 1917, in Fairland where his father, Rev. Timothy Dautenhahn, was a Lutheran pastor. He spent his early years on a family farm near Orlando. Armin was a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot in the European theater during World War II. Survivors include two sisters, Vita Polwort of Enid and Adeline Morris of Dallas. Armin died June 17 at Epworth Retirement Villa in Oklahoma City. Services were held June 20 at Messiah Lutheran church in Oklahoma City. The Dautenhahns formerly were active members of Christ Lutheran church in Perry.

Seymour Davis III was less well known here but his family name will be familiar to many because his father, Seymour Davis Jr., was a well known entertainer, ventriloquist and producer whose career began in the 1930s while he was a student at Oklahoma A.&M. College (Oklahoma State University). The younger Davis' full name was Allen "Lan" Seymour Davis III, and his home was in Oklahoma City. He had a Ph.D. in math and psychology, and he researched and wrote about advanced English language concepts, philosophy, mathematics, biblical history and music. His parents preceded him in death. Davis died June 10 at Northwest Nursing Center in Oklahoma City and burial was in Fairlawn cemetery, Stillwater.

The U.S. Open golf tournament at Tulsa's Southern Hills course was a memorable event for several reasons, including Tiger Woods' failure to win and the 18-hole playoff which decided the eventual winner, South African Retief Goosen. A lot of Perry folks will remember the Open, however, because of the pre-tournament publicity provided for our little city by the USGA (United States Golf Association) and the marvelous 2001 US. Open Championship publication. The magazine-format piece was distributed at the tournament as a $10 overview of the Southern Hills layout, details about the U.S. Open tournament, and related matters. Among the latter was a dandy article concerning our own Perry Golf & Country Club. Title of the story is "The Real Thing," and it is a well-told account of what a nine-hole course means to small towns like Perry. It includes photos of several Perry people, including Willard Andrews, five-time president of the PGCC, including the period when the tired old club house was replaced by a shiny new structure. Others shown are Perry club pro Buddy Gill and his wife, Janis; club champion Leon Murrow; wrestling legend Danny Hodge; PHS wrestling fan Glen Mason; Oklahoma highway patrol trooper Charlie Hanger; and yours truly, who contributed a bit of history to the writer, Curt Sampson. The Chamber of Commerce is trying to procure copies of this article for those who want to purchase one. It's well worth the price. Call Penny Murrow at the C-C office for more details.