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Local THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, January 5, 2012 - A3 Myron Roderick 1934-2011 The youngest of five children, Myron!s arrival was a surprise to his parents, Boyd and Julia Roderick. His twin sister, Mar- garet, was deliv- ered first and then a surprised doctor delivered a tiny baby boy. His fighting spirit may have started back then, and it has continued throughout his lifetime. He was a fierce competitor as an athlete, coach, businessman and administrator. Myron was born September 15, 1934, in Anthony, Kansas. He was raised in rural Kansas, and attended high school in Winfield, Kansas, where he was introduced to the sport of wrestling. Myron met and mar- ried the love of his life, Jo Ann Minor, while he was attending Oklahoma State University. He was a three time NCAA champion in wrestling and played varsity tennis for Okla- homa State University. He placed fourth in the 1956 Mel- bourne Olympics, losing a split decision to the eventual cham- pion. Graduating in 1956, he was handpicked by Coach Art Griffith to continue the great coaching tradition began by Edward C. Gallagher. Myron was 21 at that time. In 1958, Myron led the Cowboys to the NCAA championship title at the age of 23, the youngest coach to direct a team to an NCAA championship in any sport. In his 13 years of coach- ing, his wrestling teams won Big Eight Titles and 7 NCAA championship titles. Myron not only had the opportunity to coach wrestling, he also coached the Cowboy tennis team, winning six Big 8 cham- pionship rifles. At the conclusion of his coaching career, he became the first ExecutiX, e Director of the United States Wrestling Federation, (now known as USA Wrestling) establisg lhe national govemingbody for the Olympic/international sport. During hisfive year tenure, he originated the con- cept of a Hall of Fame for wrestling and launched a suc- cessful campaign with friend Melvin Jones and many others to create the museum. Myron then took on the challenge of becoming the first Executive Director of the National Racquetball Associa- tion. He was as competitive in racquetball as he was in wrestling, winning several national cham- pionship titles with his doubles partner Dr. Bud Muehleisen from San Diego: He returned to Oklahoma State University as Director of Athletics and served seven years at the helm of one of the nation's outstanding all sports programs. He also served on the original board that started the Meridian Technology Center; he served on this board for thirty years. For his many achievements, Roderick was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the National Racquetball Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma State Sports Hall of Honor, and the Okla- homa State University Alumni Association Hall of Fame. He was named NCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year three times, and received the 1971 Man of the Year award. Myron is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; his sisters, Mar- garet Nelson of Stillwater, OK and Phyllis Bailey, of Liberal, KS; his brother, Elbert Rod- erick, of Kingman, KS; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother, Bryce Roderick. Myron loved athletics, but his greatest love was his family: children, Tara and husband Tony Linville of Owasso, OK, and Ty Roderick, Sucy Roderick both of Stillwater, OK; and his grandchildren, Tucker Roderick, Kellen Lin- ville, Brandi Roderick and Lexi Linville. The many athletes and friends he was associated with made his life complete. Private services will be held for the family. Those wishing to honor Myron may do so with donations to the OSU Founda- tion for Wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame or phi- lanthropy of your choice. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com. OLBR 00lumni Receives Puw!e Hea00 By Bryan Larison OLBR Executive Director Just four days before Christmas the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch re, ceived a special gift. A former resident of the OLBR joined the boys and staff for our annual family Christmas lunch. Josh came to the ranch at age 13 after multiple failed kinship and foster homes. He lived here 2 1/2years and found a special place in the heart of all of us here at the OLBR. I often think about what life would have been like for Josh if he hadn't came to the ranch. Would he have continued bouncing from failed foster home to failed foster home? Would he have gotten the message that nobody loved him or nobody wanted to put up with his troublesome behavior? Would he have been sent to an institution to be raised by rules and hourly childcare staff? Would he have entered adulthood prepared for success and knowing he is capable of great things? My guess is that he would have been behind edu- cationally, and he would have little if any ability to attach to others. This isn't just my opinion, the statis- tics of youth exiting DHS custody across the nation are full of young people that fit that description. But, Josh chose a differ- ent path.  ': Josh made the i!of the opportunities that were provided to him here. He participated in athletics, he was active in his local church youth group, he studied hard and worked at a local restaurant washing dishes. He made friends and he opened his heart to his house parents Jack and Roberta and they wel- comed him with open arms. While here Josh also met a classmate named Leah that he would stay in con- tact with. Josh moved to a nearby town with a foster family that he had met through Jack and Roberta's family. He eventually graduated with ihonors from Bristow High School and was active in the Bristow Leo club. Instead of going to OBU on a scholarship he decided to enter the National Gaurd. Josh served in Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan where he was part of the crew whose mission was to clear the route for convoys and look for IED's. Josh and his crew found a big one that blew his Buffalo truck over 6 feet in the air. Josh was injured during this explosion and was put on a short medical leave, but recovered quickly and was back out clearing the way for others. During his down time I was able to talk with him via Facebook. He assured me that he was okay and it was no big deal. He also told me how eager he was to get back out there and make sure nobody else had to endure such an explosion. He was given the Purple Heart for the injuries sustained during this explosion. Josh ins home on a two week ;'sit. Remember that young lady that Josh met while here in Perkins? Well they stayed in contact and got married last year. I am so proud of Josh. He is a true example that none of us are defined by our past. Josh had plenty of Josh and Leah Encinas reasons to just give up on comes to a close, won't himself. He also had plenty yoQ consider joining our ofchallengestoovercorne, mi;Ssion by making an I am so thankful thatI"had investment that will reach an opportunity to be a part of Josh's choice to take a different path than most in his situation. I am so glad that the people that gave to the Lions Boys Ranch were able to make an impact on Josh's life. And I am taken back by the heart into generations. Josh's story is just the tip of the iceberg of the lives that have been changed here at the ranch. With your help we can continue that legacy of success. Our Christmas fundrais- ing goal is $50,000 and as of service that is inside of of today we are just over Josh today. We have young men here right now that are starting their journey toward suc- cess. Some are deciding if they should open their hearts and make a change $45,000. If you haven't yet given please consider making a tax-deductible year end donation. You can mail your gift to P.O. Box 400, Perkins OK 74059 or give online at for the better. As the year www.olbr.org I Tyler Candles now at Perkins Drug Perki (405) 547-11 Saturday 9*a.m. to Noon Drive.thru Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 7:30 a,m, to Noon m Tyler Jar Candles Experience The Difference 246 00in,: ....