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Louis S. Hensley, Jr.

85, passed away on November 2, 2012. Lou was the son of Louis S. Hensley and Dorothea Reissner Hensley and was born in Indianapolis. He was a Senior Vice President, Wealth Manager and Municipal Bond Consultant for many Wall Street firms for over 50 years. He was a graduate of Shortridge High School and Indiana University School of Business where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a varsity letterman in football and basketball at Shortridge High School, Junior Class Treasurer and Giftorian. At Indiana University, Lou was a varsity letterman in tennis.

During his professional career, Lou was a member of the Federal Legislative Committee for Public Securities and a member of the Municipal Committee for the Investment Bankers Association of America. He was also instrumental in the municipal bond financing of the former Hoosier Dome when the Colts came to town. Lou managed and participated in many municipal bond issues of schools, universities, water and sewer projects throughout the state of Indiana. He was senior underwriter for and brought public the College Life Insurance Co. and Indiana Insurance Co.

Lou was also active civically and served as president of The William E. English Foundation, Indianapolis Stock and Bond Club, Flanner House, Happy Hollow Children's Camp, the Central Indiana Better Business Bureau and the Board of Deacons of Second Presbyterian Church.

He served as secretary, vice president and president of The Columbia Club.

Vice president of the Indianapolis Parks Foundation.

Chairman of the Executive Committee of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.

Chairman of the Board of the Indianapolis Foundation, the Athenaeum Foundation and the Indianapolis Indians.

Lou was a Trustee of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, the St. Vincent Hospice Advisory Committee, the National Junior Tennis League of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Police Athletic League, Indiana Crime Prevention Coalition, United States Table Tennis Foundation and the Indiana Amateur Baseball Association.

He served as Director of the Friends of White River, Kingfishers Club and the Board of Fundamental Education.

Lou was a member of the Washington Township School Foundation, Sigma Chi Foundation - Rho Chapter at Butler University, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, United Way of Indianapolis, United States Clay Court Tennis Championships Committee, Catherine Peachy Cancer Fund and the St. Vincent Hope Lodge.

The awards he was most proud of included: 1974 Hoosier Sigma Chi of the Year, 1991 Indianapolis Stock and Bond Club Member of the Year, 1996 Life Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, 2004 Columbian of the Year from the Columbia Club and 2006 Significant Sig Award from the Sigma Chi National Fraternity.

At the time of his death, Lou's memberships included: Sigma Chi Fraternity, The Columbia Club, Emeritus Director of the Columbia Club Foundation, 702 Club, Woodstock Club, Meridian Hills Country Club, Second Presbyterian Church, Indiana University Alumni Association, The "I" Men's Club at Indiana University, The Hundred Club of Indianapolis, St. Vincent Hospital Seton Society, Life member of Friends of the St. Vincent Foundation, Heritage Circle Society and The Riley Society. He was also listed in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Finance and Industry.

He was the widower of Anne Collett Hensley and is survived by his three children, Louis S. Hensley III, Linda Hamilton Hensley and R. Jefferson Hensley, four grandchildren; Scott, Jordan, Seth and Sam Hensley; sister; Charlotte (Deeda) Skiles and three nephews; Steve, Rick and Bruce Skiles. He will be missed and remembered. He is at peace - gone fish'in.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Happy Hollow Children's Camp, 615 N. Alabama St. Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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In accordance with Lou's wishes, a private service will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life gathering on Friday, November 9th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Woodstock Club, 1301 W. 38th Street, Indianapolis.

Thank you to his many friends, colleagues, tennis and fishing buddies for your friendship, love and support over the years.

Special thanks to Dr. Matt Priddy and Dr. S. Craig Veatch and their staff.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 2012
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