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Michael Ray Hensley

January 21, 1961May 2, 2021
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Michael Ray Hensley (60) of St. Paul, Minnesota, died unexpectedly on May 2, 2021. Michael loved deeply and laughed often. He brought joy to so many and will be greatly missed.

Michael served in church music ministries for 30 years and taught music education at various locations in Minneapolis Public Schools for over 25 years. He was a dedicated father, a compassionate friend, and a mentor to many.

He is survived by his son, Micah (Marissa); daughter, Mariah; Sheila, his wife of 34 years; his mother, Jo; brothers, Lawrence Hunt (Erica), Chuck Hunt (Vickie), and TJ Hunt (Cheryl); and numerous other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Hensley.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm ET on May 7, 2021, at H.M. Patterson & Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. In lieu of flowers, please considering donating to Project Success in MPLS Schools and mentioning “Arts” in the Gift Preferences field: https://www.projectsuccess.org/about_us/program-components/arts/

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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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Cindie Stokes

May 13, 2021

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Carole MacLean

May 10, 2021

I am so sorry for the loss of such an amazing man! I worked at Jenny Lynn school with Michael for many years and he brought joy every day to a school that had many reasons to be sad. He made me laugh and was pure example of joy and kindness! I am very sorry for the loss of this beautiful man. May God’s grace be proud to all who loved him.

Sam Hampton

May 8, 2021

Remember working with you Sheila, at I-55 K-Mart in Jackson during the time at JCM.
Our prayers for comfort and healing from this GREAT LOSS! Trust the GREATEST PEACE FLOODS YOUR HEART AND MIND!

Sam Hampton

Mark Bonine

May 5, 2021

I had the honor of working with Michael at Nellie Stone Johnson in Minneapolis Public Schools. Michael was a great teacher and a great person. He brought joy to his students each day in his classroom as well as friendship and memories with staff and parents. I am praying for your family and will keep Michael in my prayers moving forward.

Jeremy Kalin

May 5, 2021

My children attend Burroughs school in Minneapolis, where Michael was known as "Mr. Hensley" the last few years when he joined the staff. He was loved by so many students, and his attentiveness, earnestness, and uplifting music was a highlight of Burroughs' otherwise challenging remote learning. Several families have said that Michael's morning music sessions and distance learning specialist time were the only times when their children paid close attention and followed carefully. Pre-pandemic, Mr. Hensley filled the school atrium with playful and joyful welcoming music almost every morning. I'll always remember the morning I walked into school with our kiddos and my mother-in-law a couple of years ago - and she gasped with delight at Mr. Hensley's music-playing. "What a magical place to go to school!" she exclaimed. Thanks, Mr. Hensley. You made our kids' world more magical. You are already missed here at Burroughs.

Kimberly Wieneke

May 5, 2021

Dear Hensley family,
Our prayers are with you. We have so many fond memories of Michael. All our Friday nights spent together during our ABI days . We are so sorry for your loss .
Todd and Kimberly Wieneke

Michael Popham

May 4, 2021

Sheila, Micah, and Mariah,
I am so sorry for your loss. Michael was a great man who loved all of you fiercely and talked about you constantly with all his friends. I was privileged to call him friend for almost 40 years and never had a conversation with him that didn't include each one of you and his love for you. I will miss him and his incredible talent and humor and love for life. And I'll be praying for all of you. You are loved.

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