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Obituaries

February 4, 2014

Eugene ‘Gene’ L. Collett

NORMAN — Eugene “Gene” L. Collett passed away suddenly Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Norman, at the age of 84.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Primrose Funeral Service. Interment will follow at Norman IOOF Cemetery.

Services are entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service.

Gene was a life-long resident of Cleveland County. He was born in Stella on Jan. 17, 1930, to Roy Lee and Minnie (Gill) Collett. He attended Noble High School. Gene entered the United States Air Force in 1948 as an Air Force meteorologist.

His career in the military took him to remote locations in Alaska, England, Iceland and many stateside destinations. He achieved the rank of master technical sergeant and retired after 20 years of service to his country.

After his retirement from the military, Gene became a weatherman for KOCO (Channel 5) and an airborne traffic reporter for KTOK. Gene was once recognized for assisting law enforcement with the apprehension of several individuals by tracking them from the air and reporting their position.

Gene’s love of aviation led him to develop the Hickory Hills Airpark, a residential airport community. He enjoyed living on his rural airport community with plenty of wildlife.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren and one brother, Grady K. Collett.

He is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Helen N. Collett, son, Victor Collett and his wife Nancy, son, Stanley Collett and his wife Carol and daughter, Janean Collett, all of Noble; grandchildren Arie, Chris, Jasen, Nick, Melissa, Ryan, Kevin, Jennifer and Amanda; 16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Erma Kirby and Lawana McKinley.

For more information on services for Gene or to leave condolences, visit primrosefuneralservice.com.

Norman Transcript, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

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