|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1930|
|Death: ||Oct. 31, 2009|
Ralph Eugene "Gene" Beisly, passed from this life on Saturday, October 31, 2009. Because he was a very precise man, he would be glad to tell you that he was exactly 79 years, 5 months, 16 days, 2 hours and 35 minutes old.
He was born June 15, 1930 in Coffeyville, Kansas, the son of Ralph Minter Beisly and Martha Delima Booth.
Gene grew up and married Dora Lela Sorrell on Dec. 3, 1950. They became the parents of Marcia Colleen Mitchell, who currently resides in Lafayette, and Sharon Elizabeth Beisly, who lives in Springfield, Mo.
Gene was an imposing 6- ft. 4-in. tall man and enjoyed many intellectual and spiritual pursuits. A draftsman by trade, he was a "whiz kid" with numbers, an avid reader and a student of astronomy. Working in the Lord's service at Faith Publishing House in Guthrie, OK for several years, he also dedicated many years of service to the Young People's Sunday School ministry in Guthrie and at many state and national camp meetings.
Gene learned to speak Spanish while doing missionary work in Mexico and during his later years, took up sign language as well. His many nieces, nephews and grandchildren always enjoyed family fatherings where Gene would challenge them with games and activities designed to teach something scientific or to impart valuable life lessons.
Between the period of April 1997 and January 2004, Gene or "Mr. B", which was how he was known to the Burger Barn employees, lived in Jena and worked along side his daughter Marcia and son-in-law Gerald Mitchell at the Burger Barn, taking care of various daily handyman activities.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Community Funeral Home in Guthrie, OK, with interment following in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Garden of Prayer, in Guthrie.
Preceding Gene on the journey home were his mother; his wife; step-mother, Inez Eck Beisly; and his father.
Survivors in addition to his two daughters, include two sisters, Marilyn Eck of Bartlett, Kansas, and Janice Williamson and husband Wesley of Loranger; one brother, David Beisly and wife Leora of Dewey, OK; five grandchildren, Stephen Maxwell Mitchell and wife Susan, and Kristyn Renae Mitchell Achord and husband Todd, all of Jena; Samuel David Simpson, Adam Tycer Simpson and Phillip Eugene Simpson, all of Springfield, MO; and five great grandchildren, Macy Renee Mitchell, Sophie Colleen Mitchell, Virginia "Ginny" Claire Mitchell, Delaney Grace Simpson, and Spencer Joseph Simpson.
Published in The Jena Times (LA), November 11, 2009
Ralph Minter Beisly (1908 - 1998)
Martha Delima Booth Beisly (1912 - 1957)
Dora Lela Sorrell Beisly (1927 - 1990)*
Memory Gardens Memorial Park
Plot: Garden of Prayer
Created by: Ron Manley
Record added: Dec 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82028247