Eugene Murr passed from this life on December 23, 2018, at his home in Sand Springs at the age of 83 years. Gene was born on August 14, 1935, in Mannford, Oklahoma. He was the son of Harland Oscar and Mary Evelyn (Summitt) Murr. Gene grew up and attended school in Old Mannford. He was active in basketball, baseball, FFA and was also a boxer. Gene graduated from Mannford High School with the Class of 1954. After graduation, Gene began working for a local tree trimmer in the Tulsa Area. Then on December 24, 1955, in old Keystone, Oklahoma Gene was united in marriage to Joy Christine Walker. The two established their home in West Tulsa. Gene later began working at the Tulsa Stock Yards on Charles Page Boulevard for several years. During that time, he became acquainted with the veterinarians at “The Animal Clinic.” They offered him a position as a veterinarian’s assistant. Gene worked there for Drs. Ratliff, Swartz and Seaman for nearly 35 years. During that time, he also worked on the side as an auto mechanic.
During that time, he also worked on the side as an auto mechanic. He was one of the few that really knew how to fix cars and always had people asking him to repair their autos. That usually kept him very busy during his time at home and after work. If Gene wasn’t busy fixing cars in the evening and weekends, he was busy as a Ferrier. He learned this trade from his grandfather. His grandfather also gave him the knowledge of how to make bullwhips or small whips from strips of leather. His abilities as a Ferrier or auto mechanic kept him busy usually seven days a week. After retirement from the veterinarian clinic, Gene began working for Smithey Environmental. He worked there until his complete retirement in 2005. However, he remained working as a mechanic and Ferrier for several customers.
Gene enjoyed hunting and fishing with Gene Jones and Bobby Ragsdale. He always stated that shoeing horses was fun and never a job it allowed him to visit with people and get to know them on a personal level. Trips or time away from home usually would revolve around visiting family or work oriented, except when he took joy and the girls to their first live concert Starring Charley Pride. Gene was very much of a practical joker and always enjoyed seeing if others would fall for his tricks. He is described as a very ornery person but loved being around his family and friends. Several people had a significant effect on his life. Buck Weaver took Gene on wheat harvest two years in a row as a 15-year-old. While there, Gene learned how to operate and maintain combines and big trucks. In this process he gained a great work ethic. A couple of years later, Gene and Jesse Bartley worked together on a ranch west of Mannford, Oklahoma. During this time, he extended his knowledge of cattle and became more of a prankster.
Survivors are his loving wife of 63 years Joy of the home; three loving daughters Donna Murr-Deen of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Debra Jean Murr-Thompson of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Kathy C. Murr-Brissey of Inola, Oklahoma; six grandchildren David, Wesley, Christopher, Renee, Shirlene, Dallas; six great grandchildren Reagan, Caleb, Emery, Sarah, Micah and Sebastian as well as a host of other relatives and friends that will mourn his passing. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by a brother Herbert Murr.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Chapman-Black Funeral Home with Ronnie Walker and Robbie Bartley officiating the services. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Mannford, Oklahoma. Chapman-Black Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Friends and family may visit an online guest book and memorial page for Gene at www.chapman-black.com
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