The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Obituaries

December 31, 2012

Eugene 'Gene' Everett Brintnall

Published 1-1-13

ENID, Okla. — Celebration of life for Eugene “Gene” Everett Brintnall, 84, of Enid, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 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, Okla., on May 8, 1928, to Byron Otis Brintnall and Jessie Florence (Gingrich) Brintnall. He was the oldest of five children. He died Sunday, Dec. 30, 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, Okla., in 1948, where he worked and began his family.

Gene was a firefighter 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 Feb. 5, 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 Brintnall and wife Julia of Enid, Phyllis Keahey and husband Larry of Olympia, Wash., and Shirley Gulick and husband Steven of Stillwater, Okla. Grandchildren are Chris Brintnall and wife Lisa of Carrolton, Texas, Roxanne Merchant and husband Brian of Owasso, Okla., Wendy Rvdrvch and husband Jared of Seattle, Wash., and Jessi Gulick and husband Zac of Stillwater, Okla. Great-grandchildren are Curtis Rydrych and Sasha of Seattle, Wash., Scott Brintnall and Evan of Carrolton, Texas, and Cora Merchant of Owasso, Okla. He has two living siblings, a brother, Dean Brintnall and wife Charlene of Kiowa, Kan., and a sister, Bessie Holmes of Enid. Gene has a living sister-in-law, Alvina Brintnall of Bethany, Okla.

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 Enid Hand 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 Levi and Lace Square Dance Club. They both served as local, district and state officers during their “dancing” days. They were also members of Thunderbird Camping Club and members of 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 Brown-Cummings.com.

(Submitted by family)

 

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Margaret R. Speece

    A private family graveside service for Margaret R. Speece, 92-year-old Enid, Okla., resident, will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Restland Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.
    Margaret was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Fayetteville, Ark., to Elam W. and Margaret (Barnes) Jackson and died peacefully at Golden Oaks Nursing Home on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
    Her family moved to Ponca City, Okla., where she graduated from Ponca City High School. She was active in the high school choir, the study of the piano and a member of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Upon graduation, she attended Oklahoma State University.
    On Dec. 1, 1952, she married James Speece in Fort Smith, Ark. The couple owned and operated several jewelry stores across the southwest.

    April 16, 2014

  • JohnSayre.jpg John Leslie Sayre

    John Leslie Sayre, loving husband, father and grandfather, minister, theological librarian, university librarian, seminary dean, tour director and gardener passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, Mo. John was born in Hannibal, Mo., to John L. Sayre Sr. and Clara Lucile Haden on March 28, 1924, and was raised in Norman, Okla.
    John graduated from University High School in Norman in 1942. He studied one year at the University of Oklahoma and transferred to Phillips University (Enid, Okla.) where he graduated in 1946, with a BA in religion.
    John was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1946. In 1947, he entered Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., and graduated with his Master of Divinity in 1950.
    On June 18, 1948, John and Herwanna L. Harrouff of Lawton, Okl., were married at University Place Christian Church, Enid, Okla.
    From 1950-1957, John served as campus minister for the Christian Church in Stillwater, Okla., where all four children were born.
    In 1957, John moved to Austin, Texas, to become campus minister at University Christian Church.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DonaldHouska.jpg Donald Edward Houska

    Donald Edward Houska, 69, of Hull, Texas, died of pneumonia on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.
    He was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Okla., July 24, 1944, to Edward and Glenda Louella (Johnson) Houska.
    He is survived by his wife, Brenda Houska of Hull; mother, Glenda Houska of Deer Park; stepson, Bradley Sias and wife Sharon of Hull; granddaughter, Nikki Sias of LaPorte; great-granddaughter, Morgan Rollins of LaPorte; sisters, Patricia L. Brock of Deer Park and Judy M. Jett of Deer Park; brother, Daniel Houska and wife Sue of Eustace, Texas.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • VelmaBonnett.jpg Velma Lee Bonnett

    Lee was the first child, and only daughter, of A.C. “Bert” and Mabel (Schwandt) Hafner born on Oct. 2, 1926, in the rural Kansas community of Winkler.
    At the age of six, her parents and younger brother, Roger, moved to the Hunter, Okla., farm where she grew up. Some of her longest and closest friendships were formed with her classmates at Hunter High School. The Class of 1944 continued to remain in touch and Lee was instrumental in planning their reunions.  
    She attended Phillips University, but her high school sweetheart had a bigger impact and they married in 1944. The oil field activity in western Oklahoma and Kansas lured them to various towns, where they spent their young married years, finally settling in Hoisington, Kan.
    Lee was an assistant manager at the Griffin Hotel. Her hotel career ended with the birth of daughter Lynn and within 13 months, the draw of home brought them back to the Hunter area, where they farmed and founded an independent oil contracting business. Son, Bradford was born in 1954, and the family was complete.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • ChrisHladik.jpg Christopher 'Bubba' Landis Hladik

    Funeral for Christopher “Bubba” Landis Hladik, 35-year-old Enid resident, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home Chapel.
    Pastor Kevin Choate will officiate. Burial will follow in Hennessey Cemetery.
    Chris was born Sept. 29, 1978, in Enid, Okla., to Landis “Joe” and Jeanette (Hyatt) Hladik and died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.
    He attended local schools.
    He worked at PIC Truck Wash in Hennessey for five years.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DevoraDavis.jpg Devora Kay Davis

    Funeral service for Devora Kay Davis, 56, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jarrod Cloud officiating.
    Burial will be in Enid Cemetery.
    Visitation with the family is 5-6:30 p.m. today, April 16, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.
    Devora was born to Travis and Juanita (Beck) Davis on Dec. 27, 1957, in Wilson, Okla., and passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at her parents’ home in Enid.
    Devora grew up in Enid and graduated from Enid High School. She then attended Tulsa Junior College. She worked as a supervisor at Star Tek in Enid.
    Devora attended First Assembly of God Church.  She enjoyed playing games, and her dog “Boogie.”

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dorothy Pralle

    Dorothy Pralle, 85, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Garber, Okla., will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Garber. Burial in Garber Cemetery. 

    April 16, 2014

  • Keith Breckenridge

    A graveside service for Keith Breckenridge will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Memorial Park Cemetery.
    Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.

    April 15, 2014

  • Bernice Elizabeth Mund

    Service pending with Stittsworth Funeral Service, Medford.

    April 15, 2014

  • PhyllisThornburg.jpg Phyllis Elaine Thornburg

    Graveside service for Phyllis Elaine Thornburg, 59, of Enid, Okla., will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Mausoleum in Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Lester Lowry officiating. Visitation with the family is 5:30-7 p.m. today, April 15, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.
    Phyllis was born Oct. 22, 1954, in Hominy, Okla., to Ilo Wayne and Charlene (Buchanan) Watkins and passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Enid.
    Phyllis grew up in Enid and graduated from Enid High.
    She worked as a nurse aide and was working at Furrs Cafeteria when she had to retire due to health issues.
    On Oct. 22, 1989, she married Leroy Thornburg in Fort Smith, Ark. They lived in Enid, Fort Smith and returned to Enid in 1990s. Phyllis was a member of Evangel Assembly of God Church.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo