In Remembrance: Carl Joseph Hesselbrock  (1927-2017)

Carl and Marge Hesselbrock

Patriarch to three generations of Hesselbrocks and loving husband to his wife Marge of 67 years, Carl Hesselbrock embodied the best qualities of the American farmer.  A native of Morgan Township, Carl and Marge began farming together in 1950, raising five children on the historic Governor Bebb property.  Over the years, Carl served in the US Army, oversaw the growing farm operations, and served on Butler County’s Soil Conservation Board.  Carl was widely admired and emulated, earning a reputation as one of Butler County’s leading farm practitioners.  Always willing to embrace new ideas and management practices, Carl and Marge in 2005 became the first farmers in Morgan Township to voluntarily place conservation easements on farmland.  Carl and Marge understood the special value of family farmland, and managed their diverse operations with great care.  Carl’s legacy of careful stewardship has been passed on to his three sons and grandson who manage and farm the family’s extensive landholdings.  His two daughters have professional careers and remain vital contributors to the family.  The Three Valley Conservation Trust and the Paddys Run Conservation Project extend their condolences to Marge and the entire Hesselbrock family on the loss of a dear man and remarkable agriculturist.

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