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William “Gene” Sherwood


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William “Gene” Sherwood, 91, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at Odessa Regional Medical Center in Odessa, Texas. Gene was born on November 17, 1928, in Ada, Oklahoma to Claude and Vivian Pearl Sherwood. He moved from Ada, Oklahoma, to Artesia, New Mexico where he graduated from Artesia High School in 1946. He married Betty Cook and they had four daughters, Charlotte, Nancy, Connie and Clarissa. He later married Phyllis Patterson on April 22, 1972, in Las Vegas, Nevada, who preceded him in death on October 19, 2019.

When Gene was 16 years old, he joined the Civil Air Patrol and began flying for many years. One of the highlights of his flying career was when he flew Oppenheimer back and forth from Albuquerque to Los Alamos when they were working on the atomic bomb. Flying was his number one passion and he was well known for crop dusting in Artesia and other areas. Many stories have been shared with his daughters about his flying abilities stating that he was “magic” when flying a Cub.

He was also very active in the Roswell Astronomy Club where he was President, Secretary and Treasurer until he was physically unable to do it anymore. “He and Phyllis always showed up for star parties and moon gazes. Smiles were always on their faces and always had kind word to say. They both will definitely be missed!” They also participated in the Dragonfly Festival every year they were able.

He was a veteran after being stationed in Korea. He retired from Nevada State Government after an exciting career. He was also a longtime member of the Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club, volunteered at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, and volunteered as a mentor in the Roswell High School Gifted Department. Gene had a long and exciting life after doing many things for many people.

Survivors include Charlotte Shoults and husband Greg of Andrews, Texas, Nancy Kennedy Coon and husband Mike of Greenwood, South Carolina, Connie Baker and husband Sheryl of Roswell, New Mexico and Clarissa Jo Hadley and husband Jim of Concrete, Washington, nephew Ron Shults and niece Glenda Shults. He also has 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Phyllis, sister Shirley Shults and brother-in-law Glen, and two grandsons.

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