Funeral services for Robert "Bob" Hensley, 90, will be Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Interment will be at the Chariton Cemetery following the service. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton.
Memorials may be made to The Gideon's International or to the Russell Baptist Church.
The service will be livestreamed through the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/robert-hensley-2022
Robert Keith Hensley was born on March 22, 1932, to Hall and Floy (Fenton) Hensley in Mystic, Iowa. He graduated from Chariton High School in 1952. He met his sweetheart, Marie Hazlett, in high school. The two were married on August 31, 1952. To this union, they were blessed with three children: Mike, Timothy, and Renee.
Bob worked for the FBI doing fingerprints for a few years then joined the Coast Guard. He served from August 29, 1952, to May 17, 1956. From 1956 to 1960, he worked for the Arizona State Highway Department. From there, he began with the Salt River Project at the Power and Water Department. He served in various roles from zanjero to Superintendent at the water department where he worked until his retirement in 1989.
Bob was a member of many organizations. He was a Scout Master, member of Kiwanis, and member of the Gideons, also very involved in his church. He was also a member of the city council in Peoria, and later became the Mayor there. He was very involved in his community. Bob was also a member of the American Legion.
Bob really enjoyed people, always having adventures with his friends. He and Lowell Sims had some really good times together. He really led a full life, and loved his family dearly.
Robert passed away at home surrounded by his family on April 29, 2022. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Marie; son, Mike and his wife Janet; grandchildren: Amanda Carter, Michael Hensley Jr., Becky (Steven) O'Conner, Paul Hensley, David Purvis, Joe Tegen, and Teddy Tegen; 12 great grandchildren; a cousin, Theola (Ronald) Landgrebe; along with nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hall and Floy: son, Timothy; daughter, Renee; and brother, Richard.
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