NORMAN — Troy Dale Vowell died in Oklahoma City on Nov. 3, 2013, after a long illness.
He was born Dec. 3, 1933, to Ethel and W.J. Vowell in Geary. When he was a very young boy his family moved to Oklahoma City where he attended Wheeler Elementary School and Capitol Hill Junior High. He also lived in Lawton briefly before moving to Norman in 1947.
He graduated from Norman High in 1951 and one of his favorite boyhood memories was the summer he spent, between his junior and senior years with a couple of friends, working for the National Forest Service in Utah. After high school, he attended classes at the University of Oklahoma before joining the Marine Corps in 1953.
In 1955, after completing deployments to Japan and Korea with the Marines, he went back to OU for a couple of semesters. In 1956, he became the manager of the Campus Sport Shop.
The psychologist Karen Horney wrote, “We see how happily relieved men are when they are among themselves, whether it be on the basis of sports, clubs, science, or even war, they look like relieved school boys who have escaped supervision.” Nowhere was this observation more in evidence than at the Sport Shop which became a popular hangout for high school and college boys in the late 50s and early 60s. In addition to the snooker tables there were also games of dominoes, moon, gin rummy, hearts, spades and bridge in play at the Sport Shop. But as much, and perhaps more, than the games, it was Troy’s personality and friendly banter that kept the customers coming back.
In 1965, Troy left the Sport Shop and went to work at the post office where he served as a clerk at the downtown, campus and west side branches. He was a very conscientious worker and always courteous to his customers. Many people would gladly stand in line a little longer so they could be at Troy’s window. He retired from the post office in 1999.