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Gene Darnell Bergstresser, also called "Papa Gene," was born December 7, 1927 in Etowah, Oklahoma. He passed away February 16, 2018 peacefully at the Noble Health Care Center, Noble, OK.
Gene was one of 3 children born to William Karl Bergstresser & Mamie Elizabeth (Hopper) Bergstresser. He was preceded in death by his wife Nora Alice "Pinky" (Stice) Bergstresser, both parents, a brother Mack Elmo Bergstresser and Mack's wife Dorothy Bergstresser, a brother William "Bill" Kenneth Bergstresser and Bill's wife Gladys Bergstresser, and brothers-in-law William Howard Stice and John Earl Stice.
Gene is survived by his son Gene Darnell "Darry" Bergstresser, Jr. and wife Cathy of Edmond, OK, and daughter Darlene Yousey and husband Bill of Norman, OK; 3 grandchildren: Aimee Yousey, Sarah Yousey, and Keith Bergstresser; 2 sisters-in-law Jimmie Lou Stice and Dolphine Stice; and several nieces and nephews. Other family members include David and Melissa Clymer; Stephen, Carina, Austin, Aiden and Avery Simpson; and Dean, Amanda, Abriana, and Alexa Koleada.
Gene graduated from Noble High School in 1945, served in the Air Force from 1945 - 1948 at San Antonio, TX at which time he married his soul mate and childhood sweetheart Nora Alice Stice. They were married for
64 years.
Gene earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Religion from OCU in 1953, A Bachelor's of Divinity from Bethel College Seminary at McKenzie, TN in 1956, a Master's of Education in 1970 from Southwestern State University,, and a Master's of Administration from Fresno Pacific.
He pastored many churches in his service to the Lord: Hope, Ok, 1951; Rock Creek, OK 1952-53; Medina, TN and Beech Grove, KY 1954-56; Oak Ridge, TN 1956-1960; Beaver, OK 1960-64; Cordell, OK and Colony, OK 1964-68; and various interim positions including Lindsey, CA, Seminole, OK, and Shawnee, OK.
His educational career began in Tulare, CA where he served for 16 ½ years: starting as a teacher at Garden Elementary School, and then became principal at Garden Elementary School, then Wilson Elementary School.
His love for flying began in Cordell, OK where he attained his license to fly and enjoyed flying for many years.
He and Nora also played in a band called "A Touch of Country and the Bandaides" and "The Farmerville Five Band." He played the fiddle and Nora the bass guitar.
He and Nora returned in June 1984 to Norman, OK and resided there for over 30 years.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 24th Ave SW, Norman, OK. A family grave side service will be held at a later date.
Published on February 23, 2018
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