George E. Hensel II, 85, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014.
He was born Dec. 25, 1928, in North Lawrence, Ohio, to George and Gertrude Eimmerley Hensel.
After high school, George joined the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict and two tours of active duty during the Vietnam War. He was a decorated Veteran, including a Bronze Star recipient. George married his true love, Betty Bates, in 1955. After 20 years, he retired as a Master Sergeant.
In 1979, the Hensel family moved to Florida, where George went back to work. He was employed by the 2x4 Ranch, and later as the Foreman for Little Myakka Ranch. George was a fisherman for as long as anyone can remember, and enjoyed teaching his kids how to fish, hunt hogs and armadillos, and how to camp. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed.
George is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Betty Hensel; sons, George “Butch” (Becky) Hensel III, Terry Hensel, and Dickie and Jimmy Rowland; daughters, Madeline (Paul) Bass, Cindy (Peter) Bell, Linette (Juan) Andrade and Barbara Saladin; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two siblings.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Kingsway Baptist Church, 6200 S.W. Cubitis Ave., Brownville (DeSoto County), Fla. In lieu of flowers, contributions in George’s honor may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Online condolences can be made at www.pongerkaysgrady.com.
Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.