Gentry celebrates 102nd birthday

Joe Gentry celebrates his birthday with his family at Hoovers Café near Big Rock Candy Mountain in Marysvale Canyon last year.

Joseph “Joe” Gentry, Richfield, will celebrate his 102 birthday Sunday, July 21.

Joe is still going strong and has a love for life. He still records his weekly radio program, which airs each Sunday, on KSVC AM at 9 a.m. At 102, he’s the oldest D.J. in the country.

Born July 21, 1917, in Richfield, Joe is the oldest and the last surviving child of six born to Milton H. and Ivy Jane Erickson Gentry.

His siblings include the late Mack Gentry, William Gentry, Mary Lou Roberts, Frank Gentry and Ruby Jane Roberts.

Joe attended elementary and high school in Beaver, graduating in the class of 1935. He also graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in agronomy, with a minor in Spanish.

Gentry served as a member of the Beaver unit of the National Guard, headquarters battery, third battalion 222nd field artillery, and in World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Corps.

Gentry worked in resort hotels in Yellowstone National Park and Palm Springs, California, and was also employed with KSVC radio station in Richfield from 1955 to 1972. He returned to radio in 1982 with his Sunday program, Musical Masterpieces.

“I love Uncle Joe for his love for life as he still has a very active daily agenda, whether he is watering his garden or preparing for his weekly radio program,” said Margaret Gentry Hawks, niece. “He exudes a love for life.”

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