Stephen Wayne “Steve” Kinzie, age 69, longtime Ody’s bar owner, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at his home.
A service to celebrate his life will start at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at Ody’s Bar. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home and Crematory.
Steve was born on July 26, 1948, in Ponca City, the son of Wallace Kinzie and Billie Clarke Kinzie Wilcox. He was raised in Ponca City, graduating from high school in 1966. Following high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as a medic in Vietnam. Glenda Brown became his wife and lifelong partner on July 19, 1968, they celebrated 44 years of marriage before her passing in 2012. After their marriage, they moved to Salem, Mass., to become an apprentice golf pro with the PGA. However, Oklahoma was his home, so he moved to Ardmore and served as the assistant golf pro at Dornick Hills Country Club. Later, he accepted a position as the teaching professional at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. Continuing his golf career, he then moved to Chanute, Kan., where he was the head golf pro. After his time as a golf pro, in the early 1980s he began selling Izod Lacoste clothing to golf courses around the region, a sales position that would last over 20 years. In 1991 he and Glenda purchased Ody’s Bar on East Lake Road, continuing a heritage to this day. Steve was a unique and lovable character, full of life and passion for getting the most out of it, as he saw fit. His personality was large, outgoing and always ready to have fun. Often looking out for others, he was not a self centered man. He used his time and efforts often to host community events at his bar and arrange golf tournaments for benevolent causes. Steve’s way and wit will be missed greatly by his family, friends and patrons.
Survivors include his son, Corey Kinzie and wife Audrey, of Oklahoma City; daughter, Kasi Kinzie, of Ponca City; sister, Kathy Bezner and husband Tommy, of Gordonville, Texas; brother, Danny Kinzie and wife Julie, of South Carolina and grandson Cade Kinzie, of Oklahoma City. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 445 Fairview, Ponca City, OK 74601.