Family, friends remember Dr. Perry Inhofe, Sen. Jim Inhofe's son, Thursday at Tulsa funeral

TULSA - Dr. Perry Inhofe was honored Thursday by friends and family at First Presbyterian Church on Boston Avenue days after his plane crashed near Owasso.

The son of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, Perry Inhofe was flying back to Tulsa's Jones Riverside Airport Sunday afternoon as he had done many times during his 30 years of pilot experience. 

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Investigators have not determined a cause of the crash, but a preliminary report is expected to be published next week.

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Around 1,000 people packed the downtown Tulsa church to attend the late Inhofe's funeral. His wife, Nancy, and two children, Glade and Cole, were the first to be seated, followed by the senator and a host of family.

Sen. Inhofe spoke proudly of his son, calling Perry a very private person who excelled at everything he did. He recalled flying up to Duke University for Perry's graduation to find out his son had double-majored in biomedical and electric engineering, both of which he ranked No. 1 in his class.

 Inhofe, an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa, would have turned 52 on Monday. 

The senator and his family are asking supporters not to send flowers but rather donations in Dr. Perry Inhofe's name to the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation.

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