Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Allen Seymour Rodke of Pauls Valley was born to Benjamin Paul and Hazel Gladys (Murray) Rodke on November 13, 1939 in Pauls Valley and departed this life on March 11, 2013 at the age of 73.
Seymour’s family moved to Oklahoma in the early 1940s. During his youth, he and his father enjoyed working on scooters and cycles, which included a Ranger, a small Harley, and an Indian Chief. The Rodke family helped found Metropolitan Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
Seymour graduated from Northeast High School in 1957. He attended Oklahoma State University and then moved to Enid, Oklahoma where he was employed by National Cash Register Corporation.
Seymour and Virginia “Gini” Mussler were married on June 30, 1963 at a Young Life Ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado by Bud Carpenter, a good friend and Young Life leader. They moved to Dayton, Ohio in 1967, the home of National Cash Register. Seymour traveled throughout the United States as a specialist on NCR computers and bank proof machines.
In 1971, the family moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, area, where Seymour started his first company, Allied Business Machines. During the next 30 years, he purchased and sold several companies that dealt in office machines, accounting systems, computers, and computer software.
In addition to Allied, these companies included Western Data Processing, Texas Cash Register, and Rodke & Associates.
Seymour was a very involved owner of his companies and helped his friends and employees when they were in need. He enjoyed attending the Independent Cash Register Dealers Association conventions throughout the United States and meeting with all of his friends in business.
Seymour secured many successful transactions when he owned Texas Cash Register, including large sales to 7-Eleven Corporation and the Army-Air Force Exchange Service.
He received numerous sales awards, including a Cadillac, a trip to the Caribbean, and several trips to Japan and Hong Kong.