Gene Warren VanBebber
February 10, 1939  -  March 23, 2018

Gene Warren VanBebber

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Memorial Service
First Christian Church
701 Holly Street
Perry, OK  73077
Friday, March 30, 2018
10:30am
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Gene Warren VanBebber, 79, passed away, Friday, March 23,2018 at his home.
Gene was born February 10, 1939 in Oklahoma City, OK to Glenn and Shirley VanBebber. He grew up northwest of Perry on the VanBebber Homestead and attended Whipple and White Rural Schools and graduated from Perry High School in 1957. In high school he was involved in FFA and Perry Wrestling.
After graduation Gene began working with his father in the oil field construction industry and began roughnecking in the Perry area.
On July 11, 1959 Gene married his high school sweetheart and neighbor Claudine Dayton. They had three daughters and continued to live in Perry. While roughnecking in the Perry area Gene was provided the opportunity to go overseas and drill for Aladdin Petroleum. He worked in such countries as Nicaragua, Nigeria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Gene enjoyed the adventure of working oversea but knew he needed to be home with his family. Upon returning to the United States Gene continued working in the oil industry but knew he wanted to work for himself. In 1972 Gene and Claudine created GVL Corporation named after their daughters. His company provided dirt, sand, and civil services to the agriculture, commercial, and oil industries. One of his first jobs was providing the civil dirt base for the new TG&Y being built in Perry,OK. Gene’s longtime friend Moe Jerome helped him with this project and many more after that. Over the years GVL Corporation grew large enough to provided services for large oil companies such as Teneco, Bonray, and Basin all across the state. At the turndown of the oil industry in the 1980’s Gene turned his attention to his cattle ranch. He had a cow/calf and stocker operation west of Perry.
In the 2000’s Gene could not ignore his calling to the oil industry and once again GVL Corporation began working for midstream gas companies demo-ing and cleaning up oil field sites. With the help of his wife Claudine, Gene expanded his company work area to include projects not only in Oklahoma, but Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Gene and Claudine traveled this area for more than 15 years working for companies such as OneOK, KinderMorgan, Atlus, Southern Star, and Eagle Rock. Gene loved the adventure of traveling and having his wife by his side.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents Glenn and Shirley VanBebber, and one sister, Christy Whitchurch.
Gene is survived by his wife Claudine; daughters, Glenna Moak and husband Tom, Austin, Texas, Vicki Cook and husband, Ron, Perry, and Lucia VanBebber, Medellin, Columbia. His grandchildren are Alicia Miller Patterson, Perry, Graham Moak, Fort Worth, Texas, Gavin Moak, Austin, Texas, Eric and Brandi Cook, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Ashley Cook, Perry. Great grandchildren are Wyatt Farthing, Perry, Savannah Moak, Ft Worth, Texas and Rhett Cook, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
A memorial service will be held at the First Christian church in Perry, Oklahoma on Friday, March 30th at 10:30 AM.

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  1. Renee Hannum
    Perry,ok, OK

    Thinking of your loss and grief brings back so many memories of my own Daddy's death. We go through life knowing one day it's coming but when it happens it is a shock. I believe the light has him now, he's happy, healthy, and with Jesus. Love to All and RIP to your Daddy

  2. Renee Hannum
    Perry,ok, OK

    Thinking of your loss and grief brings back so many memories of my own Daddy's death. We go through life knowing one day it's coming but when it happens it is a shock. I believe the light has him now, he's happy, healthy, and with Jesus. Love to All and RIP to your Daddy

  3. Renee Hannum
    Perry,ok, OK

    Thinking of your loss and grief brings back so many memories of my own Daddy's death. We go through life knowing one day it's coming but when it happens it is a shock. I believe the light has him now, he's happy, healthy, and with Jesus. Love to All and RIP to your Daddy

  4. Renee Hannum
    Perry,ok, OK

    Thinking of your loss and grief brings back so many memories of my own Daddy's death. We go through life knowing one day it's coming but when it happens it is a shock. I believe the light has him now, he's happy, healthy, and with Jesus. Love to All and RIP to your Daddy

  5. Kris Gamblin
    Pampa, TX

    Good Man. Worked with Him and Vicki on Various Projects in the Texas Panhandle. My condolences to your family.

  6. Renee Hannum
    Perry,ok, OK

    Thinking of your loss and grief brings back so many memories of my own Daddy's death. We go through life knowing one day it's coming but when it happens it is a shock. I believe the light has him now, he's happy, healthy, and with Jesus. Love to All and RIP to your Daddy

  7. Renee Hannum
    Perry,ok, OK

    Thinking of your loss and grief brings back so many memories of my own Daddy's death. We go through life knowing one day it's coming but when it happens it is a shock. I believe the light has him now, he's happy, healthy, and with Jesus. Love to All and RIP to your Daddy

  8. Gail C Payne
    Broken Arrow, OK

    Sincere Sympathy. With heartfelt sympathy and kindest thoughts to you Claudine and family in your loss.

  9. Corene Kirtley Jones
    , OK

  10. Linda Deyoe
    Perry, OK

    Although I never met Gene, I know he must have been a wonderful man because he has such a wonderful family. Circumstances will prevent me from being at the Friday service but my thoughts will be with you. God bless you!!

  11. Allen Piel
    Perry, OK

    Rest in peace my friend.

  12. Scott Edwards
    Perry, OK

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our Prayers

  13. Jerry Musick
    Fayetteville, AR

    To Claudine & family: You have my deepest sympathy and ask that God to Bless and comfort you in your loss. God's Peace.
    Jerry

  14. Larry Kukuk
    Marion, KS

    So very sorry to hear of Gene's passing our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

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