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OBITUARY: Robert J. Hensel

Robert J. Hensel, age 76 of Brillion, passed away at a Green Bay hospital on Sunday, June 19, 2016. 

He was born on November 2, 1940 in Waupaca, son of the late Dwight and Ann (Christensen) Hensel.  A resident of Brillion since 1954, he graduated from Brillion High School. The following year he joined the U.S. Army, serving for 3 1/2 years stateside and in France. After his military service, Bob returned to Brillion and worked at the Ariens Company until his retirement. Bob was a life member of VCCA and a founding member of the Packerland Region, serving in many offices. He was a longtime coordinator of the VCCA G&D Tech Advisors for several decades. He was an active member of the Brillion American Legion Post #126 and the Brillion Historical Society.

He is survived by his sister, Ann (Richard) Koehler of Oshkosh; two nephews: Andrew (Penny) Koehler and their son Dwight of Ripon, and Patrick (Suzy) Koehler of Vancouver, WA. He leaves behind a very special person, Carol Berken of Green Bay and faithful canine, Jeffery plus numerous cousins.

His interests were wide and varied and included real full-size railroads, miniature scale railroads, old farm tractors, country music, but Chevrolets were his real passion. He collected and established one of the largest collections of Chevrolet literature in the United States and shared that wealth of information with Chevrolet people all over the world.

He will be missed by Chevrolet people all over the United States, Canada, Australia and many countries in Europe.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service has been planned for Saturday, July 9, 2016 with a visitation at 2 p.m. and a service at 3 p.m. at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion. The Rev. Kris Borns will officiate. Military honors will be performed following service.


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