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Kenneth L. Hennsley, 81, Columbus

Kenneth L. Hennsley, 81, of Columbus, passed from this life at 3:05 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus.

Born in Brown County Oct. 5, 1931, Mr. Hennsley was the son of Elza and Ethel Hennsley Lucas. He married Margaret B. Burton Cox on July 25, 1983; she survives.

Other survivors include his children, Iris Lynn (Larry) Shutters of Columbus, Randy Riddle and his companion Diane Riggs of Columbus, Allen Cox and his companion Chris Shoultz of Elizabethtown and Michelle (Scott) Gordon of Columbus; grandchildren, Scott (Aleisha) Hennsley, Kelly Caldwell, Matt (Branda) Shutters, all of Columbus, Jennifer (Jay) LaBouve of Warner Robins, Ga., Christopher (Christy) Hennsley of Lubbock, Texas, Andy and Richie (Tamara) Riddle, both of Columbus and Sophie Grace Gordon of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Tiffany Hensley, Dakota Kerns, Lindsey Spencer, Jordan, Jessica and C.J. LaBouve, Tyler and Austin Hensley, Jessica and Carrie Caldwell and Trenton and Trevor Shutters; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Nellie Sexton of Jennings County and Ula Jean Dugan of Salem; brothers-in-law, Frank Burton of Madison and Paul Burton of Elizabethtown; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Hennsley of Seymour.

Mr. Hennsley was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kenneth Michael Hennsley; step-children, Kevin Cox and Patricia Palmer; and several brothers and sisters.

Mr. Hennsley was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a manufacturing engineer at Cummins Engine Company retiring in 1985 after 35 years of service. He also was a wood craftsman and a building contractor. He was a member of Garden City Church of Christ, St. John's Masonic Lodge #20, Murat Shrine, American Legion and Columbus Moose Lodge. An outdoorsman, Mr. Hennsley enjoyed fishing and camping and he loved to spend time with the grandkids.

The funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday Jan. 20 at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home, 1029 Washington St., Columbus, with Virgil Clotfelter officiating.

A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Saturday Jan. 19 at the funeral home.

Family and friends can call from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday Jan. 19 and from 12:30 p.m. until service time Sunday.

Burial will be at Scipio Cemetery with full military rites.

Memorial contributions can be made to the donor's choice of charities.

Online condolences can be sent to Mr. Hennsley's family at

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