Dennis R. Hensley

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Dennis R. Hensley, 95, of Columbia, Missouri, died Saturday, May 16, 2020, at his home with his loved ones at his side.

Dennis was born Oct. 1, 1924, in Waynesville, Missouri, to the late Clarence and Ethel (Walters) Hensley. He was the second oldest son of eight other siblings: six brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Waynesville High School in 1943.

Dennis spent many years working for the Missouri National Guard and retired from there. He enjoyed vacations with his family and in his spare time, hunting and fishing. Dennis was hard-working and enjoyed the outdoors.

In 1980, Dennis met and married the love of his life, Ruthie C. Fuchs of Columbia. They resided near the Country Club of Missouri, where Dennis enjoyed golfing and Saturday breakfast with his golf buddies. He and Ruthie enjoyed gathering with their friends for dinners. They thoroughly enjoyed traveling abroad for many years, and Dennis visited his 50th state in 2018.

He loved sports and was a big fan of the Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He also enjoyed the Kansas City Chiefs. He and Ruthie could be seen attending Missouri Tiger events every chance they could.

One of Dennis’ biggest passions was caring for his bluebird houses. He and another buddy installed 31 bluebird houses on the golf course at the country club, and many began to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of our state bird.

Dennis will be missed by his family and friends.

His beloved wife, Ruthie C. Hensley, preceded him in death in August 2017. His stepson, James William Fuchs, also preceded him in death.

Dennis is survived by his two daughters, Diana Trigg of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Linda Lock (David) of Kansas City; a brother, Dwight Hensley (Marilyn) of Waynesville, Missouri; sisters Barbara Johnson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Marlene Hartley of Waynesville; grandchildren Jeff Trigg (Kelly) of New Bloomfield, Missouri, Holly Linhardt (Jonathan) of Kansas City, Joseph Lock of Denver, Colorado, and Eric Lock (Nadia) of Orlando, Florida; great-grandchildren Tyler Trigg of Orlando, Ella Trigg of New Bloomfield and Lauren Linhardt of Kansas City.

He is also survived by stepdaughter Cathy Deneault of St. Louis; stepson George J. Fuchs, III, M.D. (Marianne DeWier) of Lexington, Kentucky; seven step-grandchildren; and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated May 28, 2020, at St. Thomas More Newman Center, where he and Ruthie were longtime members, with Fr. Rich Litzau, O.P., officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by Mass at 2 p.m. A luncheon held upstairs at the Newman Center.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Thomas More Newman Center, 602 Turner Ave., Columbia, MO 65201.

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