Robert E. "Bob" Hensel
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of Kent, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. He was born Jan. 10, 1927 in Barnhill, Ohio to Thurlow and Sylvia (Leggett) Hensel. Robert received his undergraduate degree from Otterbein College where he was a member of Zeta Phi fraternity. He later earned his Masters of Sciences from Kent State University. Bob was a veteran of the US Army during World War II where he served with the Army of Occupation in Japan. He was a member of the United Church of Christ and the Kent Kiwanis Club. Bob was a devoted husband of fifty-eight years and a loving father. His three grandchildren were the light of his life. He was an avid golfer, skilled woodworker, and historian. He enjoyed reading and playing bridge with his friends. Bob was a born teacher who passed along his love of knowledge and golf not only to his students, but to all who knew him. He started his career as a teacher, school bus driver, and coach at Kings Mills High School. He then taught math and science at Kent Roosevelt. He spent the majority of his career at Chagrin Falls High School, where he taught physics and chemistry and coached the golf team. He was very proud of the kids he coached, especially when he led his team to the state finals in 1984.
He is survived by his wife, Kay (Edwards) Hensel, whom he married on Nov. 20, 1954; sons, Robert (Cherie) Hensel of Mantua, Mark (Lisa Lawson) Hensel of Kent; daughter, Jan (Tod Hecht) Hensel of Columbus; grandchildren, Jodi (Aaron) Hensel Baxter of Washington DC, Sandi Hensel of Cleveland, Grant Hensel of Columbus; brother, Harold Hensel of New Philadelphia.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at United Church Of Christ Of Kent, 1400 E. Main Street, Kent, OH 44240. Calling hours will be held 12-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at United Church Of Christ Of Kent. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Hospice team and staff of Robinson Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are being handled by Bissler and Son Funeral Home.
BISSLER AND SONS
628 WEST MAIN STREET, KENT, OHIO 44240
Published in The Times Reporter on Feb. 22, 2013