Casey county

Lisa Gillespie

Gene Emerson is a gregarious character — but he wasn’t always this way. In 2003, his wife of 42 years died.

“I had a couple of bad years after I lost my wife. It was kindly bad, you know?” Emerson said. “I got depressed and lost about 30 pounds. And I was weak.”

It was around that time he started going to the Casey County Senior Center, and met his current girlfriend.

“For the first couple of years, I just, wasn’t too much interested,” Emerson said. And then I got to feeling better, and the women started looking good again.”