Roland Doyle “Bud” Hensley, 88, of Forrest, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 3, 2018) at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
His memorial service will be held by the family at 1 p.m. Saturday at Forrest United Methodist Church with the Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will follow service at Forrest Township Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the J.A. Folwell American Legion Post 174, Forrest, or Forrest United Methodist Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Forrest, is handling arrangements for the family.
Bud was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Marietta, a son of M. Doyle and Elsie Mae Reneau Hensley. He married Barbara Jean Sorrells on Aug. 26, 1950, in Macomb. 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, Macomb; his children, the Rev. Robert Eugene (Michael Helgert) Hensley, Carey Leon Hensley, Cynthia Sue Worley and Sandra Kay Lewis; four grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Bud served his country in the U.S. Army, enlisting in 1948, and discharged into the Army National Guard in 1949. He was recalled into active duty during the Korean Conflict in 1950 and discharged in December 1952 with the rank of artillery sergeant.
Following discharge from the Army, he relocated his family to Cropsey, prior to settling in Forrest. He worked at 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.
He was a member of the Forrest United Methodist Church and the J.A. Folwell American Legion Post 174, Forrest, 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.
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