Ken Trickey, Sr.
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Ken Trickey, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home in Tulsa on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
Ken was born in 1933 in Cape Girardeau, MO. He grew up and graduated from high school in Cairo, IL. He played basketball at Middle Tennessee State College, where he was an Ohio Valley All-Conference player for three years, and is still one of the top ten scorers for Middle Tennessee and was elected to the university's sports Hall of Fame. Ken served in the United States Army Armored Division at Fort Knox, KY and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1958.
Ken served as men's high school basketball coach at Tullahoma, TN and Cairo High School before returning to Middle Tennessee to be the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and Head Baseball Coach. In 1964, he was promoted to Head Basketball Coach, where he recruited the first African American athletes to play basketball at Middle Tennessee during the height of the Civil rights movement in the south. He believed sincerely that everyone had a right to be able to participate at any school in any sport.
In 1969, Ken was hired by Oral Roberts to coach the ORU Basketball team. He took ORU to the NCAA Final Eight as an independent in 1974. His ORU teams during that time also led the nation in scoring and made two NIT appearances in New York City. Upon leaving ORU in 1974, Ken coached at Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Claremore Junior College, Oklahoma City University, and Oklahoma Junior College before returning to ORU where he finished his coaching career in 1993.
During the early 2000's, Ken became a supervisor/evaluator of officials for the Big 12 Conference until 2006. In 2010, Ken was inducted into the Oral Roberts University Sports Hall of Fame. Upon his retirement, Ken enjoyed spending time with his family and loved taking care of rescue dogs.
Ken was preceded in death by his father, Emmett Franklin Trickey; his mother, Evangeline Trickey; his sister, Betty Harrington Burns.
Ken is survived by his wife, Judy Wyatt Trickey of the home; son, Ken Trickey, Jr. and wife Pam Trickey of Evansville, IN; granddaughters, Caytlyn Trickey and Paige Trickey of Evansville, IN; daughter, Kay Herring and husband, Jeff of Nashville, TN; grandson, Jordan and granddaughters, Kendal and Kelsey Kay Herring of Nashville. Ken's first wife, Peggye Enlow of Tulsa has remained a close friend throughout the years of Ken and Judy's. Anyone who knew Ken, knew of his love for his dogs. He leaves Jake Boy, Lili Marlene, Gibbi Two Sox, Paco and Sergio.
Celebration of Ken's life is pending.
Please no flowers. Contributions in his honor can be made to the Humane Society or your local animal shelter.
Published in The Daily News Journal on Dec. 6, 2012