Bill Teegins and Kendall Durfey are laid to rest

Saturday, February 3rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The long, hard goodbye to those killed in the OSU plane crash. Six days after the accident, most of the victims have now been laid to rest.

Two of them buried Friday had strong ties to Eastern Oklahoma. 48-year old Bill Teegins was the former sports director at KOTV. And 38-year old Kendall Durfey was the broadcast engineer who made Coweta proud.

1,200 people gathered at Edmond's First Baptist Church to remember well-known broadcaster Bill Teegins. Family, friends and co-workers will miss his smile and the kindness behind it. Co-worker Jennifer Reynolds, "you didn't grow to like Bill Teegins, you just liked him immediately."

Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, "whether you liked sports or watched television, here was a warm, endearing decent human being that has made the world a better place as a result." The Hale High School and University of Tulsa graduate worked in Amarillo before landing the Channel 6 sports job.

In 1987, he moved to Oklahoma City, delivering sports on KWTV and calling play by play for OSU football and basketball. Teegins love for broadcasting was shared by Kendall Durfey, his engineer on OSU's radio broadcasts. An overflow crowd honored Durfey at Coweta's First United Methodist Church. He graduated from Coweta High School in 1980. Durfey friend, Doug Denton, "Kendall was part of our family, the class of '80, the Coweta family. He will always be there for us. You will be part of that family, of that family forever. So God bless you and God be with you."

Bill Teegins was buried in Broken Arrow Friday afternoon. He leaves behind a wife and daughter. Kendall Durfey is also survived by his wife and a daughter who they adopted from a friend who had cancer.