Carroll Eugene (Gene) Hersey, Granby, died Aug. 18, 2012, at Granby House of Granby, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Ritchey, to Oscar and Vivian (Farney) Hersey.
Gene Hersey was a third generation orchardist who grew up raising apples, peaches and rhubarb. When the weather changed making it impossible to grow fruit crops, he went into business under the name Hersey Equipment Co., building ponds and clearing pasture land and doing custom farm work. He then went to work on the demolition of the Titan II ballistic missile silos in Kansas and Arkansas. After completing that, he then helped start a company under the name Explosive Contractors Inc. that specialized in rock blasting for road and utility construction. After working several years, he then retired, came home, and raised beef cattle until he was 80 years old, then turned it over to his son.
Gene married Emily Glenister, Aug. 17, 1957, in Neosho, and she survives.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Donna Lea Hines.
He is also survived by son, David Hersey, Granby; daughter and spouse, Carol and Mark Eads, Granby; brother, Dr. Jerry Hersey, Lexington, Ky.; three grandchildren, Lacy Anders, David Nathaniel Hersey, and Tori Hersey; two great-grandchildren, Braydon and Braxton.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, at Granby Church of Christ, Granby, with minister Bobby Stafford officiating; assisted by Dr. Jerry Hersey. Cremains to be buried at a later date attended by the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Granby.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.