Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - September 25, 2000
Operated "Kotche's School of Dancing" for 56 years and closed his last school at 416 N. Hudson on September 10, 1984.
August 24, 1984 was proclaimed "Kotche Day" by the mayor of Oklahoma City.
He won several Dancing Championships: Oklahoma State One-Step in 1925 at the Louvre Ballroom in Tulsa, with partner Louise McComb, Oklahoma State Charleston Championship at Oklahoma City at the Liberty Theater in 1926, after which he toured with the Song and Dance Troupe "Midnite Fancies" over Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana, doing a Charleston, a Skate Dance and a Soft Shoe.
Won the Oklahoma State One-Step in 1927 at Louvre Ballroom, partner Dolores "Babe" Reagan who later became his wife for 62 years.
Mrs. Kotshonis passed away on October 30, 1990.
Kotche taught for many national and state conventions. He was a life-time member of Dance Masters of America, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Texas Association of Teacher of Dancing, Honorary Member of Oklahoma Dance Masters and organized the Oklahoma chapter of Dance Masters of America #27.
Also a member of Ahepa Greek Lodge #240 where he was past President and Secretary, and a member of the State Historical Society. He served in the Marine Corp during WWII and was a member of American Legion Post #35 and amember of St. George's Greek Orthodox Church.
He is survived by his half-brother, Foster Howland of Lakewood, Colorado; a niece Marguerite Brewster and husband Bill of Oklahoma City; a nephew, Howard Link of Oklahoma City; great nieces, Patricia Tetreault and husband Ted, Susan Fleck and husband Bruce of Edmond, Michael Rollins, husband of deceased great niece Cheryl of Tulsa; 5 great nieces and nephews, and the many beautiful people that touched his life. A Trisagion service will be held Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 7:00 P.M. at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000 at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Delores Irene Reagan Kotshonis
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