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William (Bill) Lewis Hensley

April 24, 1948 — February 20, 2022

William (Bill) Lewis Hensley, 73, passed away on February 20, 2022, peacefully at his home in Montrose, Colorado. He was born on April 24,1948 in Rushville, Nebraska to W. Ganz and Betty (Haslow) Hensley.

Bill grew up and graduated from Gordon High School in Gordon, Nebraska in 1966. After high school he joined the Army in 1970-1976, achieving E6 status. After the Army, he started working for Firestone Tires. With his business partners, they owned two stores. One in Aurora, Co. and Cheyenne, Wy.  Married and divorced from Linda Jacobson here in Montrose, Colorado. Then shortly after, Bill married Jeanne Martin .  They had 4 kids Rebecca, Stephan, Benjamin, and Lisa.  Divorced 1986.  Bill also blessed many other hearts, by stepped up to the plate and adopting a Vietnam refugee family of 6. (Hang Family).

Bill had a college degree in Counseling from Denver State. Bill moved his family to Montrose, Colorado. in 1981.  Started working for MidWestern Colo. Mental Health Center from 83-86 as a counselor. Then working for J&M Lumber from 1986-1987 before starting work in June of 1987, Community Options Inc. He spent 28 years as the Day Program Manager, and 8 years as host home providers as well. After retirement Bill needed to stay busy so he worked for Paperclip as a deliver for a couple years

Bill married Mary Raff in 1988 in Hotchkiss, CO. They were happily married for 33 years. In 1993 they had a daughter Krystal Allene Binh Hensley.   Bill enjoyed working on cars, Spending time with his Family and friends, supporting his daughter at horse shows and Rodeos, enjoying people watching, and boating. Bill Enjoyed spending time on the local lakes on his boats, as he got older Bill enjoyed watching his daughter grow up and achieve new goals in life with her horses.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents Wilbur Ganz and BettyJean (Haslow) Hensley, Cousin David Leonhardt, and Daughter Rebecca Jeanne Hensley.

Bill is survived by his wife Mary (Raff) Hensley of Montrose, CO. And their Daughter Krystal Allene Binh Hensley Parker (Patrick Parker) of Walters, Oklahoma. As well Children from Previous marriage, Benjamin William Ganz Hensley, Stephen William Ganz Hensley, and Lisa Jeanne Hensley; Also, his brothers, John Hensley and Family from Jesup, Georgia. David “Chick” Hensley and family from Gordon, Nebraska. and multiple nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Bill will be missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at Community Options Inc, “Park Place” at 936 N Park St. Montrose, Co. 81401 at 2 pm on March 1st, 2022.

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