The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Death Notices

January 2, 2013

Eugene “Gene” Everett Brintnall

Published 1-2-13

ENID — The celebration of life for Eugene “Gene” Everett Brintnall, 84, of Enid, will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, at Central Christian Church, Enid. Senior and Associate Pastors John McLemore and Don Johnson will officiate at the service. The Last Alarm Ceremony will be conducted by the Enid Fire Department.

Burial will be after the service in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.

Gene was born in Chester, OK, on May 8, 1928, to Byron Otis Brintnall and Jessie Florence (Gingrich) Brintnall. He was the oldest of five children. He died Sunday, December 30th, 2012, at Greenbrier Nursing Home after a short illness.

Gene grew up in Chester and graduated from Seiling High School in 1946. Gene moved to Enid, OK, in 1948, where he worked and began his family. Gene was a fire-fighter for the Enid Fire Department for 21 years. He retired with the rank of Captain in 1972. After retiring from the Enid Fire Department, Gene worked as an Electrician for the Enid Public Schools (EPS). Gene was honored by the Oklahoma State Department of Education as a finalist and eventual runner-up for the Outstanding School Maintenance Worker in Oklahoma in 1993. The award was a timely honor, as Gene retired after 21 years of service to the Enid Public School System as well in 1993. Gene enjoyed seeing the kids while working for the school system and was “surprised how fast kindergartners working on the computer catch on.”

Gene married Gene “Genie” Tingler in Enid at University Place Christian Church on February 5th, 1950. They were happily married for 58 years. Gene and Genie were blessed with three children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Their children are Doug and wife Julia Brintnall of Enid, Phyllis and husband Larry Keahey of Olympia, WA, and Shirley and husband Steven Gulick of Stillwater, OK. Grandchildren are: Chris and wife Lisa Brintnall of Carrolton, TX; Roxanne and husband Brian Merchant of Owasso, OK; Wendy and Jared Rydrych of Seattle, WA; Jessi and Zac Gulick of Stillwater, OK. Great-grandchildren are Curtis and Sasha Rydrych of Seattle, WA; Scott and Evan Brintnall of Carrolton, TX; Cora Merchant of Owasso, OK. He has two living siblings, a brother, Dean Brintnall and wife Charlene of Kiowa KS, and a sister, Bessie Holmes of Enid. Gene has a living sister-in-law, Alvina Brintnall of Bethany, OK.

Gene had several interests he enjoyed and made a part of his life. He was a Volunteer at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center where he drove the “Saint-Mobile.” He was an active member of the Enid Ham Radio Club, was a member of the Oklahoma Retired Fire-Fighters Association, and was so proud to be an usher at Central Christian Church. Gene and wife Genie were “very active” square dancers and camping enthusiasts. They were either dancing or camping most every weekend throughout their lives together. They were members of Levis and Lace Square Dance Club. They both served as local, District and State Officers during their “dancing” days. They were also members of the Thunderbird Camping Club. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #80.

Gene will be remembered as a quiet, kind and gentle person who had an “ornery streak” and could joke and tease with the best of them. Gene was the consummate family man who cherished spending time with his family, no matter the age. He enjoyed family reunions and family get-togethers wherever and whenever. Gene was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two brothers and a great-grandson.

Memorials can be made through the funeral home to Central Christian Church. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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