Billie D. Hensley

Born: Wed., Jun. 9, 1926
Died: Fri., Nov. 4, 2016


Celebration of Life Gathering

1:00 PM Sat., Nov. 19, 2016
Location: VFW Hall


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Bill D. Hensley

June 9, 1926 – November 4, 2016

On Friday, November 4, 2016, Bill Hensley lost his battle with diabetes, having endured 9 years of dialysis, passed suddenly and peacefully in route to treatment. 

Born Billie Dale Hensley to parents Laura & Harvey Hensley on June 9, 1926, in Osborne County, Kansas.  He spent most of his childhood in the Dixie area outside of Notus, Idaho. 

A graduate of Notus High School, he said he was handed his diploma and draft papers at the same time.  He was drafted in to the US Army and later transferred to the Navy.  He said that “if I would have stayed in two more weeks I would have been in the Marine Corps too”.

Returning to Idaho, he was married to Darlene Mae Laeger, August 22, 1950, in Caldwell, Idaho.  The couple settled in Burns, Oregon, where Bill worked for Edward Hines Lumber Company.  After having two boys the family was lured to the big city of Pendleton, Oregon, in 1955.  He entered a partnership with his brother-in-law Lyle Laeger in a gas station.  Later he was a mechanic with the Volvo dealership.  In 1960 he was hired on with the U.S. Forest Service where he stayed until retiring as fleet manager for the Umatilla-Wallowa-Whitman Forest.

He was widowed in 1982 and never remarried.  Bill enjoyed restoring his Model-A and 1951 Ford pickups.  He also made countless ornaments and gadgets for his lady friends and neighbors.  The forever handyman kept bicycles and cars working for his two boys and the other kids along with lawnmowers and what-have-you for many friends.  He was a member of the Blue Mountain Model-A Club, the Elks and the Eagles Lodge.  He will be missed.

Bill is survived by his two sons Stephen Jay of Middleton, ID; and Michael Ray of Pendleton, OR; along with a niece Pam Lathrop of Mountain Home, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his parents George Harvey Hensley and Laura Bell (Dobbin) Hensley; a sister, Maxine Moore of Mountain Home, ID; a nephew, Ric Moore, also of Mountain Home, ID; and his beloved wife Darlene Mae, along with most of his friends.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 1:00 PM at the V.F.W. Hall, 1221 SE Court Place, in Pendleton.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com.  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.  

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Bob Laeger
   Posted Mon November 07, 2016
In 1950, Darlene Mae LAEGER graduated from Notus High School in Notus, Idaho, USA.

Darlene Mae LAEGER married Billy Dale HENSLEY on August 27, 1950 at Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church in Caldwell, Canyon Idaho, Idaho, USA.
Billy Dale HENSLEY was born on June 09, 1926 at Osborne, Osborne County, Kansas, USA.
Billy Dale HENSLEY is the son of Harvey Hensley (Centerpoint, Idaho) and Laura B. DOBBIN (b. July 03, 1883, ).

Billy Dale HENSLEY graduated from Notus High School in Notus, Idaho, USA.

In 1950, Billy Dale HENSLEY worked for Edward Hines Lumber Mill in Burns, Oregon, USA.

In 1950 after their honeymoon in Portland, Oregon, USA, Darlene Mae LAEGER and Billy Dale HENSLEY moved and lived in Burns, Oregon, USA.

In 1955, Darlene Mae LAEGER and Billy Dale HENSLEY moved to Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA.

After 1955, Darlene Mae LAEGER began attending Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA.

Between 1960-1964, Darlene Mae LAEGER worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA.

In 1964, Darlene Mae LAEGER worked for the Farm Home Administration in Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA until retiring in 1977.

Darlene Mae LAEGER graduated from Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA and was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi.

Darlene Mae LAEGER was a member of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA.

Darlene Mae LAEGER held many offices in the American Cancer Society and was a president of the Credit Women’s Association.

Billy Dale HENSLEY retired from the U.S. Forest Service.

Darlene Mae (LAEGER) HENSLEY expired on Monday December 13, 1982 at home in Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA after a long battle with cancer.
Services for Darlene Mae (LAEGER) HENSLEY were held at 2 pm on Thursday December 16, 1982 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendelton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA with Douglas Hollenbeck officiating.
Darlene Mae (LAEGER) HENSLEY was cremated on December 17, 1982 at , USA.

Billy Dale HENSLEY expired on Friday, November 4, 2016, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements

To the union of Darlene Mae LAEGER and Bill Billy Dale HENSLEY were born:
1.2.1.3.3.1 Stephen Jay HENSLEY
1.2.1.3.3.2 Michael Ray HENSLEY

shirlee nirschl
   Posted Tue November 08, 2016
I just wanted to tell you how sad I was to read of your dad's death.Bill and Darlene were two of my favorite people and I am grateful to have known all of you.We go back a long ways don't we.God bless you all.Shirlee

Geraldine (Nolan) Meuler
   Posted Thu November 10, 2016
Mike and Steve, So sorry to hear about your Dad. Always enjoyed hearing his stories. My husband, Ralph and I wish you both the very best. Geri

Debbie Martin
   Posted Fri November 11, 2016
It was a pleasure to know Billy.
He had many interesting adventures and stories.
Thank you for sharing him with us.
We will miss him.

Verna Johnson
   Posted Wed November 16, 2016
Dear Mike and Steve, We are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. We all have lots of wonderful memories of both of your parents. They will be missed. Our thoughts are with you, Verna Johnson

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