Bern met the former Jane Price at the popular, local teen hang
out spot, the bowling alley in 1962. Bern and Jane
romantically got engaged the night of her Senior Prom and subsequently married in 1966. To this union, two children
were born: Michelle and Bern, Jr.
Bern was a member of the Army Reserves during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and was accepted into
Officer Candidate School.
In 1971, at the request of the U.S. Jaycees, he relocated to the National Headquarters, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In 1973, he decided to branch out on his own and started his company Together, Inc., the parent company of
The Pin Man and www.positivepins.com. He was the ultimate salesman and never met a stranger. He left an
impression and was admired by everyone.
Michelle and Bern, Jr. were very proud of him and his success. They felt very blessed to work with him and learn
from him every day. He was such a loving supporter of their work.
As the family expanded with marriage and children, Bern enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. No matter
what he was doing in his very busy life, he would pause to give his grandchildren his full attention.
Amelia, the youngest, says she will miss her walks to the park with `Granddaddy.’ Alexis, the oldest, will miss their
deep conversations. Brett, the middle grandson, will miss sharing his video games. Bern lovingly supported all
of his children’s and his grandchildren’s activities.
Bern was an extensive reader and remembered everything he read. He enjoyed photography and traveling.
He loved music and was a talented piano player.
On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Bern Leon Gentry, Sr. passed away in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a wonderful and
supportive son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and brother. His family was most important to him.
And his legacy will forever perpetuate in the hearts of his family and friends.