Gene Stipe

Funeral services will be held Tuesday for former District 7 State Sen. Gene Stipe, a coal miner’s son who grew up to become known as the “dean” of the Oklahoma State Senate, before he resigned following a federal investigation into a Third District Congressional race.

Stipe, 85, died peacefully Saturday evening at his McAlester home, according to family friend Barry Moore.

Services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in McAlester.

Among those expected to deliver eulogies is former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh, formerly of McAlester.

Stipe’s wife, Mary, his daughter, Beth Anis, and her family were by his side when he died Saturday, according to Moore.

During his lengthy career, Stipe served in the state legislature longer than anyone in the state’s history, more than 50 years when his House and Senate terms are combined. He also was a well-known attorney, and had holdings in the media as well as in the oil and gas industry, along with other endeavors.

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