Richard "Dick" Hensler

  • Born: October 23, 1948
  • Died: December 3, 2019
  • Location: Oregon, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Reeseville

214 S Main St
Reeseville, WI 53579

Tel. (920) 927-5502

Tribute & Message From The Family

Heaven has gained a kind, wonderful, gentle soul. Richard "Dick" Hensler passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Dick was born October 23, 1948. The son of Frederick & Evelyn (Pickhardt) Hensler. He grew up on a farm outside of Lowell, WI. He attended and graduated from Lowell-Reeseville High School. He married Barbara (Kreitzman) Hensler in 1977.

Dick's love for family and friends was evident by the way he lived his life in service to others. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1967-1971, with two tours of duty during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of the Reeseville Volunteer Fire department for 29 years and a member of the Lowell-Reeseville First Responders, Medical unit for 28 years. He was a proud lifetime member of the Lowell VFW Post 9392. Dick was active in his church, serving both on the church counsel and was the Sunday school superintendent, as well as teaching Sunday school. He also served on the Dodgeland School Board. He coached boy's youth baseball and girls' softball. He was a Cub Scout leader. He never missed his children's school activities and was always in the audience or the stands rooting them on.

Dick worked for many years at Caldwell Lumber Company in Reeseville, Faith Technologies Sun Prairie, and most recently for H & H Electric in Madison.

Dick is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 42 years; son, Michael (Abby) Hensler of Brown Deer, son, Matthew (Therese) Hensler of Scottsdale AZ, daughter, Heather (LeRoy) Berndt of Oregon, WI, and son, Christopher Hensler of Fond du Lac. He has 10 grandchildren who were the light of his life, Isaac, Noah, Leo and Emmett Hensler of Brown Deer, Colin, Nellita, Natalie, and Evan Hensler of Scottsdale, AZ, and Aubrie and Dominic Berndt of Oregon, WI; his brother, Ronald (Charlotte) Hensler; brother's in-law, Dale (Margie) Kreitzman, Rodney "Fritz" (Sandy) Kreitzman, and Travis (Kristi) Kreitzman; his mother-In-Law, Marion Kreitzman; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred & Evelyn Hensler.

His smile was contagious and he could light up a room with his warm personality. He will be remembered for the wonderful person he was, always willing to help others, and being there when anyone needed a helping hand. He will be fondly remembered by those closest to him for his Dick/Dad Jokes.

A special thank you to, VA Hospital and clinics, VA Drs. Natalie Callander, Christopher Fletcher, and Michael Brunner; Paul Hauri, NP who was always the go to guy with kind words and quick humor, and the team in the infusion clinic at the VA and SMS Hospice for all the wonderful care that Dick received in his journey through cancer. Their support, kindness and professionalism will always be remembered.

He wanted to leave you with this…Be kind to one another and be there for each other. Live your life to its fullest. Make time for the ones who are important to you as you don't know what tomorrow brings. Love unconditionally, and laugh often. This wonderful man will be missed deeply by so many.

The memorial gathering will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 12:00 noon with Rev. Donald Steinberg officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Lowell VFW, following the service, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in Richard Hensler's name to Badger Honor Flight or to the Lowell VFW.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest in Peace Sir. I will cherish the conversations we had solving all the worlds problems while you were undergoing treatments at the VA. My sincerest condolences.

Posted by Byron Degenhardt - Madison, WI - Friend   December 18, 2019

Barb, Heather and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He truly was one of the good ones with the kindest soul I've ever known. He was a loyal friend and coworker, always willing to lend a helping hand with a smile on his face. Dick made the world a better place.

Posted by Geri Waack - Deerfield, WI - Friend   December 05, 2019


Barb and family, so sorry for your loss Dick will be missed.
He was a very special person, had a great heart, he touched many people. Our prayers are with you.
Marty and Dawn Pint

Posted by Dawn Pint - Clyman, WI - Family   December 05, 2019

Barb and family, so sorry to see of this sad loss. We never saw Dick without that huge smile on his face. He was always so happy and showed such interest in everyone he was talking with. In our thoughts and prayers.
Hal and Monica Schulz

Posted by Monica and Hal Schulz - Oshkosh, WI - Family Friend   December 05, 2019

Sorry you lost such a wonderful man. By my values Dick was one of the greatest men I have ever had the pleasure to have known. He has been an inspiration to me. With me being a single father Dick always made himself available to talk or to listen. Dick was always kind, with a huge heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed but lives on with me with his awesome example and sound advice. I hope to join him in heaven where I am positive he was welcomed with open arms.
God is good.

Posted by Mike Muehrcke - Deforest, WI - Friend   December 05, 2019

sorry for youre loss new him well will be missed

Posted by phyllis schoenwetter - adams, WI - Friend   December 05, 2019

So sorry for your loss!

Posted by Dennis Hensler - Sonora, CA - Family   December 05, 2019


Dick was such a special guy. I don't think there is another person that could fill his shoes. I couldn't have asked for a better son in law. God Bless You Dick. Rest in peace until we meet again.

Posted by Mary Kreitzman - Portage, WI - Family   December 05, 2019


Dear Hensler Family & Friends- My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend. It sounds like he led a very full life in service to his country, his family, and many, many others. May the peace of Christ Jesus fill you during this time of grieving and remembrance.

- Liza Korry (Barb's co-worker)

Posted by Liza Korry - Milwaukee, WI - Coworker   December 04, 2019

So sorry for your tremendous loss. I do not believe I ever spoke to Dick without feeling better. His smile and laughter so contagious! So happy to have connected with him when you moved to Oregon. Always meeting around the block when walking our dogs and stopping to talk about the memories we shared from days gone by. He will surely be missed by many but never forgotten!

Posted by Marilea &Pat Groves - Oregon, WI - Friend   December 04, 2019

So sorry gor your loss

Posted by Mary Ellen Gernetzke - Sun prarie, WI   December 04, 2019

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