Thomas Eugene “Gene” Crownover, age 73, of Oklahoma City passed away on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Oklahoma City.

Thomas Eugene “Gene” Crownover, 73, of Oklahoma City, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Oklahoma City.

He was born April 25, 1944, in Shawnee to Thomas Troy and Treva Juanita (Maxwell) Crownover.

Gene was born in Shawnee, moving to California, then moving to Tecumseh in 1949. He attended Tecumseh schools and graduated with The Tecumseh Class of 1962. Gene attended the University of Oklahoma, Seminole Junior College, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University, and Altus Agriculture School. He earned two master's degrees: business administration and marketing and computer science business programming.

Gene married Pamela Rutherford on Nov. 22, 1968, in Shawnee. She preceded him in death on Aug. 22, 2011.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army.

During his career, Gene worked in marketing for Southwestern Bell Telephone for 19 years, owned and operated his own computer programming company, was a computer science professor at The University of Phoenix, Oklahoma City University, University of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City Community College. Before his retirement, he was a programmer for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Gene greatly enjoyed fishing and being outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Pamela; and his beloved pet “Taffy.”

Gene is survived by his brother, Vernon Crownover; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins from the Crownover, Sehorn, Kidney and Rutherford Families.

Visitation will begin 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 5, and continue through service time.

Services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Phil Thompson of Liberty Baptist Church in Shawnee officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.