January 14, 1928 – August 7, 2018
Eugene (Gene) James Kersey age 90 went to be with God on August 7, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer
Gene was born January 14, 1928 at home to Orbin Hansel Kersey and Alena Francis (Sonntag) Kersey at 210 Jones Street Norman OK
He was preceded in death by both his father and mother and his sister Barbara. He is survived by his brothers Charles Kersey and Gary Kersey and his wife Ann.
Gene grew up in Norman and attended Saint Joseph’s Catholic School where he graduated in 1946. After graduation he attended the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa OK graduating in 1950.
In 1950 Gene enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, he was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of Staff Sargent .
Gene married his soul mate and the love of his life, Melia Quebedeaux, on August 20 1954 in Shreveport LA. They spent the next 64 years together falling deeper in love and becoming each others best friend.
Gene was employed by the University of Oklahoma Flying School as an Aircraft Mechanic and Ground School Instructor at Max Westheimer Airfield. He retired in 1988.
After his retirement Gene began his hobby of building from scratch radio controlled airplanes. Never satisfied with the design of the planes he would redesign the planes often enlarging them to support the gas engines he used. He made the design changes using only a pocket calculator and pencil. He was a senior member of the Central Oklahoma Radio Controlled Society (CORCS). He was awarded builder of the year twice.
His wife and family would like to thank the staff at Medical Park West and the nurses and aides from Crossroads Hospice for the care and compassion they showed him.
A funeral service will be held at the Primrose Funeral Services 1109 N. Porter Ave. Norman OK at 10 AM on Saturday August 11th. He will be buried at the Warren Cemetery in Norman OK.
Gene requested that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Norman Regional Auxiliary or give a flower to a person you love in his remembrance.
Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Sign the online guestbook at www.primrosefuneralservice.com
- Melia Kersey, Wife
- Charles Kersey, Brother
- Gary Kersey, Brother
- Ann Kersey, Sister-in-law
- Orbin Hansel Kersey, Father
- Alena Francis Kersey, Mother
- Barbara Kersey, Sister
- Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
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Teena Q Cole
August 9, 2018
Uncle Gene took me on my first airplane ride on my 21st birthday. He showed me the things that a good man does when he loves a woman for 65 years. I treasure memories of many visits with the Kerseys over the years. Their friends became like family to me also. RIP. "May the Lord bless you & keep you..."
August 8, 2018
August 8, 2018
Their wedding day, August 20, 1954