A memorial service will be held by the family at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Forrest United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will follow services at Forrest Township Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial be made to the JA Folwell American Legion Post 174 in Forrest, IL or the Forrest United Methodist Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling arrangements for the family.
Bud was born on December 23, 1929 in Marietta, Illinois a son of M. Doyle and Elsie Mae (Reneau) Hensley. He married Barbara Jean Sorrells on August 26, 1950 in Macomb, Illinois. She passed away on July 16, 2015; He is also preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, and two sons-in-law.
He is survived by his sister: Marjorie Jennings of Macomb, IL; his children: Rev. Robert Eugene (Michael Helgert) Hensley, Carey Leon Hensley, Cynthia Sue Worley and Sandra Kay Lewis; four grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren.
Bud served his country in the United States Army enlisting in 1948 and discharged into the Army National Guard in 1949. He was recalled back into active duty during the Korean Conflict in 1950 and discharged in December of 1952 with the rank of Artillery Sergeant.
Following discharge from the Army, he relocated his family to Cropsey, Illinois prior to settling in Forrest, IL. Employed by Honegger Farms prior to farming and running the Honegger-Hensley Poultry Farm, one of the largest egg producers in Central Illinois near Forrest for 17 years. After retiring from the poultry business, he spent many years working at Trainor Grain in Forrest, IL.
He was a member of the Forrest United Methodist Church and the JA Folwell American Legion Post 174 in Forrest, IL for 70 years. In the community he served as President of the F-S-W PTA and on the F-S-W Board of Education for several years.