Eugene Edward “Gene” Stipe

Eugene Edward “Gene” Stipe

Blanco, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 21 Jul 2012 (aged 85)
McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Masonic
Memorial ID 13059708 · View Source
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*Oklahoma State Senator* He was a legendary state senator and noted trial lawyer who became the longest-serving legislator in Oklahome history. He served 53 years in the Oklahoma Legislature, a record that still stands. He graduated from Savanna High School, then joined the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He then worked his way through the University of Oklahoma law school by being a firefighter. He won his first election at age twenty one, taking a seat in the State House of Representatives. He then won a special election for the Senate seat which he held for the next 45 years. He left in 2003 winning more than 25 elections and served 53 years in the Oklahoma Legislature. He died after having battled various health problems for the last decade.
July 21, 2012
Former Senator Gene Stipe dies at 85
McALESTER — Former Senator Gene Stipe died at 85. According to Brumley-Mills, funeral arrangements for Stipe are pending with them at this time.

July 22, 2012
McALESTER — Former Oklahoma State Sen. Gene Stipe, 85, died peacefully at his home Saturday following a long illness. By his side were his wife, his daughter and her family.

Visitation is set from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Brumley-Mills Chapel in McAlester. Funeral Services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of McAlester under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home.

Rev. Steve Dennis will officiate, with eulogies from Judge Terry West, former Gov. George Nigh, Frosty Troy, John Massey and Eddie Harper.

Stipe was born October 21, 1926, at Blanco, to Jacob Irvin and Eva Stipe. His father was a coal miner and a farmer. His mother, Eva, died when he was twelve.

Known as the "Dean of the Senate," Stipe holds the distinction of the longest service in the Oklahoma legislature at fifty-three years. His tenure has been legendary.

In 1948, at the age of 21, Stipe was elected to the House of Representatives and served through 1954. In 1956, Stipe was elected to the state Senate, where he served until 2003. For many years, he served as the chairman of the Senate Roads and Highways Committee, later known as the Transportation Committee. He oversaw the expansion and improvement of the state's highway system. Stipe was also a strong proponent for civil rights and unions.

A lifelong Democrat, Stipe will be remembered by many for his impassioned support for the poor and the working people. Throughout his service, he would be at his McAlester office to meet those in need on Saturday mornings. He would pay the bills of the penniless, find jobs for the jobless, and advocate for those in need.

Through his influence, Stipe would held turn McAlester into a hub of political and economic activity. He helped bring home millions of dollars in road and highway construction and other economic development, creating thousands of jobs. The people of his Senate district responded by electing him 17 times.

In addition, Stipe was a renowned defense attorney and entrepreneur. With his late brother, Francis Stipe, he owned radio stations, newspapers and convenience stores, and oil and gas interests.

Stipe served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was commissioned as an ensign, being honorably discharged.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife of 53 years, Agnes Minter Stipe; His brothers Claude, Jack, Francis and Clyde Stipe, and his sister, Marie Gold.

The family said that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shared Blessings, the Alzheimer's Association, the Salvation Army or another charity.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.
1940 Census
J. Irvin Stipe Head M W 41 OK Wd Farmer
Marie D-F-W
J.C. S-M-W
E. Eugene S-M-W
Clyde S-M-W
Francis S-M-W
Mary Lou D-F-W

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eugene Edward “Gene” Stipe (21 Oct 1926–21 Jul 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13059708, citing Memory Gardens, McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by OkieBran (contributor 46530611) .