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Don I. and Bessie O. Loy (Tookie) Hensley

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Don I. and Bessie O. Loy (Tookie) Hensley Obituary
DON I. AND BESSIE O. LOY (TOOKIE) HENSLEY of Mohave Valley, Arizona, passed away in a small plane accident on Oct. 8, 2015, at 84 and 80 years of age near Hope, Idaho. Don was born on December 13, 1930 in Santa Ana, CA. The first child of Merle M. and Beatrice I. Hensley. Tookie was born on January 8, 1935 in Brawley, CA. The second child of Wayne D. and Irene Loy. Both of their families moved to Riverside when they were infants. After graduating from Poly High School in 1949, Don served one year in the Navy. He soon fell in love with his sister's best friend, Tookie. She graduated from Poly High School in 1952. They were married in January of 1953. Their first child, Pamela, was born in October. Their second child, Daniel, was born in September of 1955. While raising their family, Don and Tookie enjoyed boating, waterskiing and teaching others to ski, motorcycle riding and off-roading in their Baja Bug with family and many friends. They truly loved the outdoors and spent most weekends enjoying all of these activities and more. In later years, between family events and races, they traveled, flying and visiting friends and relatives in every state and later in their motorhome. They resided in Riverside until a few years after Don and his partner, Bill Forbes, sold the RV business, Fiesta Kampers and Trailers. Soon after, they moved to Mohave Valley, Arizona, with the intention of retiring. That soon changed They had received their pilot's licenses in 1974 at Riverside Municipal Airport while Tookie was working at Parflite. Tookie received her certified flight instructor CFI and CFII in 1985 and they opened Tookie's Flying Service. She taught thousands of students to fly, while Don offered charter flights, tours and maintained the planes. Tookie raced in the women's air races, while Don raced in any race where men were allowed. Tookie raced in the Powder Puff Derby with Gloria Huffman of Riverside and won the Air Race Classic in 2002 with Anne Honer. Tookie was a 40+ year member of Ninety-Nines while Don was considered a 49 ½. Family and friends could never wear out their welcome at the Hensley home in Willow Valley. They were considered adopted parents, grandparents and great-grandparents to everyone they came in contact with. They were known as Nana and Papa and loved by all. They are survived by Don's sister, Merlene (Don) Miller of Yuma, AZ; Tookie's sister Dena Smith of Moorpark, CA; daughter, Pamela Seinturier (Jerry); son, Dan (Edie); 7 grandchildren, Brian (Alicia) Seinturier, Eric (Melissa) Seinturier, Danae (Mike) Russell, Jeralyn (Clay) Fetter, Joelle (Adam) Brown, Micah (Jeremy) Leukin of Las Vegas, NV and Nicole Renella of Alberta, Canada; 14 great-grandchildren, Zachary and Cole Fetter, Austin, Tavin and Brooklyn Russell, Jacob, Mitchell, Ashley, Kyle and Lucas Seinturier, Kaiden, Peytan and Presley Brown, all of Riverside and Tyler Cummings of Las Vegas, NV. Please join us for a Celebration of Their Life on Sunday, October 25, at the Riverside Municipal Airport Terminal (6951 Flight Rd.) from 12:00-4:00pm. Casual dress, please. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to The Hensley Memorial Scholarship Fund, send checks to: Rio Colorado 99's C/O Pamela Rudolph, 1649 Linda Dr., Lake Havasu, AZ, 86403.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2015
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