Gene Hedgcock Binning
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Gene Hedgcock Binning
  • October 28, 1927 - June 2, 2017
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Gene H. Binning was born October 28, 1927 in Casper, Wyoming, the middle child of three of Lloyd Cecil Binning and Vera Eleanor Rhodes. His father soon moved the family to Bairoil (six miles southeast of Whiskipeak) Wyoming where his father was an oil field supervisor for Sinclair. At the age of five, they moved back to Casper. After graduating from Casper's Natrona High School, he enrolled in the University of Wyoming in the engineering program.

His college career was interrupted by WWII when he enlisted in the Army and was part of the Koran Occupation forces. After his tour of duty was over, he returned to the University of Wyoming where he was a member of Sigma Nu, graduated in 1949, and later became a licensed professional engineer. Gene's first job was with the Denver office of the Trane Air Conditioning Company, where his sales territory, included most of Colorado, west of the Continental Divide. It was during this time that he met his beloved Bette on a blind double date (Bette was the date of his best friend).

After their second date, instructing Bette in the intricacies of panning for gold, he decided she was the love of his life and they were married 6 months later. In 1958 Gene moved the family to Oklahoma City after being offered the state of Oklahoma as sales territory by Trane. By 1983, when Trane purchased his franchise, Gene had developed the franchise into the largest commercial air conditioning sales and service organization in the state of Oklahoma. After retiring from Trane, Gene and Bette toured the world.

Gene soon became restless and started consulting for other local air conditioning manufacturing companies. He was also a real estate developer and an investor in oil and gas properties. Gene also served as one of the MAPS commissioners on the original MAPS program for revitalizing downtown Oklahoma City. Gene was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, numerous men's Bible studies, the Downtown Rotary, ASHRAE, and Quail Creek Golf and Country Club where he and Bette spent decades on the tennis courts and golf course.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Bette. Gene is survived by his two sisters, Margot Pierce of Arizona and Miriam Hendrickson of Colorado.
He also is survived by his son, Bart Binning; daughter, Barbara Chenier and husband Mark, and son Brad Binning and wife Mary Louise. Gene's grandchildren; Dr. Michael Chenier and wife Cameron Hughes and 2 great grandchildren, Binning Gray and Henry Rhys; Megan Hutchens and husband and great grandchild Cooper James, Lt. Mason Chenier, Kelly Ongena and husband Cameron, Ford Binning and wife Caroline, and Mary Ilene Binning.The family is thankful for the many years of faithful, loving care from Paula Avery, Telowa Floyd, and many others. A celebration of Gene's life will be held Tuesday, June 6 at 1:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church.