Donald R. Hensler, 85, of Boulder City, Nev., passed away July 7, 2012, just five months after the passing of his wife of 62 years, Helen Sophia (Biel) Hensler.
He was born July 18, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wis., an only child to Rudolph and Margaret Hensler.
He left school early to become an apprentice tool and die maker, and later at age 16, enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945 after serving at Iwo Jima, and toured through the devastation of Nagasaki, Japan, before returning home. He remained touched by the images he saw for the rest of his life.
He converted to Catholicism in order to marry his sweetheart, Helen, and they were married in St. Anne's Church January, 15, 1949, in Milwaukee. Together they went on to raise three sons and moved to the west coast, eventually settling in the Rogue Valley in 1969. After retiring from Eaton Corporation (formerly Thompkins-Johnson), he focused on building his mobile home park in Ashland, Ore., the Valley View Mobile Haven, and being a beloved grandfather to five girls.
Survivors include sons, Jeffrey and Steven; granddaughters, Karolee Baxter, Christine Burkett, Sarah Carlson, Rachel Steinbach, and Jenny Newkirk; six great-grandchildren; and also a cousin, Marilyn Vrolstad, of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; and a son, Daniel James Hensler.
A memorial and interment of Don and Helen's remains will be held at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev., October 19, 2012. Donations can be made on his behalf to your local veterans center, or to the Mariner Neighborhood of the Nevada State Veteran's Home in Boulder City, Nev., for their devotion and loving care of our loved ones. Arrangements are being handled by Boulder City Family Mortuary www.bouldercityfamily