Robert is survived by his wife, Janet DaPrato Hensler; his children, Kevin L. (Anneke Walters) Hensler and Rhonda Schmitz; grandchildren, Katie and Karie Schmitz; siblings, Frank C. Hensler, Jr., and Mary “Jane” (Jerry) Farmer; in-laws, Joleen Meers, Tina Hensler and Edward Raney and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Frank C. and Katherine Delagadell Hensler; siblings, Eugene (Esther) Hensler, Dorothy (Roy) Sandoz, Marion (Catherine) Hensler, Kenneth (Mary) Hensler, Elizabeth “Betty” (Al) Frederick, Shirley Hensler Coyne, Alice Hensler Raney and Thomas Hensler; brother-in-law, Charles Meers; nephew, Ronald Hensler; and nieces, Theresa Holtmann and Tamara Middendorf.
Robert was born on October 22, 1935 in St. Louis County, MO. He passed peacefully at the age of 88, in his sleep, at home, with his devoted wife by his side on January 11, 2024. Bob was one of eleven children born to Frank and Katherine Hensler. He grew up in the St Louis area and entered the US Navy in 1953 where he proudly served until 1956. He credited the Navy with providing him the knowledge to have a successful career at McDonnell Douglas, from which he retired in 1993, after being employed for 35 years. After leaving the Navy, he met his wife of 65 years. He was an active volunteer in the Boy Scouts with his son Kevin and also coached numerous youth baseball and football teams. After retiring, Bob pursued the certification of Master Gardener through the UM Extension program and volunteered at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. He loved gardening, especially his tomatoes. After the birth of his granddaughters, he spent a lot of his time with them. He never missed a sporting event or any other activity they were involved in and took great pleasure and pride watching them grow. He was a member of First Baptist Church of St. Charles for many years. Although he was not able to attend for the last few years due to his health, he remained faithful in his devotion to God.
Robert was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Alzheimer's Association in honor of Bob.
St. Charles Memorial Gardens
3950 W Clay St
St Charles, MO 63301