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Walter B. Hersey, Jr., 83, formerly of Williamsburg, passed away in his home on Friday, February 1.
He was born in in Richmond, Indiana on September 21, 1935 to Walter B., Sr. and Mary Goodlin Hersey. Walt enlisted in the US Army on July 1, 1953, serving as a Combat Engineer until his honorable discharge on June 21, 1956. He farmed early in life before joining the staff of Bruce Rambler in Richmond as a mechanic. There, he was promoted into sales and later served as general manager before retiring in 1981 to farm full time until retiring again in 2007. He enjoyed flying for many years and owned several different airplanes during that time. Another of his favorite activities was riding his motorcycle.
Walt will be missed by his wife of 64 years, the former Donna L. Robinson, to whom he was married on June 5, 1954; sons & daughters-in-law Mike & Ann Hersey, Steve & Mary Hersey, Jeff & Jodee Hersey; daughter & son-in-law, Vonda & Mike Wise; 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren plus one more on the way.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren.
Walt’s life will be celebrated at 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 7 at the Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City.
Family and friends may gather at the funeral home from 3-6 pm on Thursday, February 7 at the funeral home.
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Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Brooke, Austin, and Shayne Leach
Brooke Leach Feb 13 2019 12:00 AM
My sympathies to the Hersey family. My mother and your mother were good friends in their early lives and I knew all of the Hersey boys. Eric Hendrix and Family
Eric Hendrix Feb 10 2019 12:00 AM
To the family of Mr. Hersey, in particular, Jeff and Vonda whom I know from Northeastern, please accept my condolences and sincere wishes for comfort.
Mark Thomas Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM
Our condolences ... Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
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Mike Pennington Feb 4 2019 12:00 AM
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May the thoughts and prayers of those around your family provide each of you comfort, love and peace through the days ahead. With love and remembrance, The Vice Family - Wayne, Joyce, David, Phil, Susan, Nancy
Nancy Vice Feb 4 2019 12:00 AM
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Sending my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed my talks with Walt. Jim Barlow
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Mike and I will so miss Walt's smile and laugh. His smile always made you smile! Also his hugs. Forever will miss his smiles, laugh, and bear hugs. Such a special man, husband, father, and friend. He will be so missed.
Love to Donna and the web family.
Mike and Linda Reynds Feb 3 2019 12:00 AM
Vonda & Family so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts & prayers
Julie Malloris Clark Feb 3 2019 12:00 AM
Dear Walt, I have so many fond memories of your smile, your sense of humor, your hugs, the twinkle in your eyes, and how you cared for those you loved. I am sure you have reunited with those you loved that passed before you. Special hugs to Donna, Mike, Steve, Jeff, and Vonda.
Regina Sullivan Thielen Feb 3 2019 12:00 AM
The loss of a bright light in the lives of his family and all those who knew him.
Linda George Feb 2 2019 12:00 AM