OBITUARY

Craig David Hensley

Craig David Hensley, 59, of The Woodlands passed away to be with the Lord on June 23, 2013 after fighting a hard battle with cancer. He was born on July 8, 1953 in Marshalltown, Iowa. Craig graduated from the University of Iowa, earned his MPA degree at University of South Dakota, and shortly after passed the CPA exam. He worked for Shell as an Accountant and then Finance Manager for most of his career.Craig's hobbies included singing in musicals, choirs, and different ensembles. Craig enjoyed and participated in about every sport. He was active in the church, serving in a number of areas, and volunteered his time for Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and many fundraising events. He was a loyal Iowa Hawkeye fan and will always be remembered for his loud, boisterous voice and compassionate spirit towards others. Most of all, he cherished his family and was a loving husband and father.Craig is survived by his loving wife, Christine; his son Travis and wife Betsy; daughter Jennifer and husband Brandon; son Joshua; his mother Carol; his brother Brian and his sister Brenda. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth David.A gathering of family and friends will be held from 7-9pm Thursday, June 27th at TWUMC. Additionally, family and friends are invited to join and celebrate his life at a Memorial Service at 2pm Friday, June 28th at TWUMC. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Mike Navolio at www.cleanwaterclimb.net You are invited to leave memorial condolences to the family and share memories of Craig at www.dignitymemorial.com.

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  • Memorial Service Friday, June 28, 2013
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Craig David Hensley

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Christine Hensley

November 27, 2013

I met my dear husband,Craig in Carroll, Iowa, a town of 10,000 people. I have been told first impressions stay with you for life. Well, my first impressions of Craig weren't all that great. It makes me laugh :)! The first time I set eyes on him, he was in a gym doing stretching exercises. He had on a robin egg blue sweatsuit with a yellow strip down the side, a different color for a guy.
The very first time I met and spoke to Craig was in a disco tech dance hall. He had come in from playing golf, was sweaty, grimy, wearing a baseball cap when he asked me to dance. I hesitantly said yes and kindly thanked him when the song came to the end. A few months later I saw him again on a hayride where we went bar hopping from town to town. He again was dressed in the robin egg blue sweat top with blue jeans and a scarf around his neck. He had a terrible cold, so I tried to keep my distance. A week after the hayride he asked me out.
One of our first dates was some sort of musical. Craig loved to sing and he loved to hum. He hummed so loud you couldn't hear the performers. It was something I would have to put up with throughout our life together.
As most of you know Craig had a loud, joyful, boisterous voice. The first time I heard it I thought he was showing off in front of me trying to make a huge impression. Later I learned he just had a loud boisterous voice. In college he was given the name Fog Horn, because he sounded like one.
Craig participated in a number of musicals. The night Craig and I announced our engagement to my parents and their friends, Craig was the jester and sang the opening song in Once Upon A Mattress. I was quite surprised to see him walk out on the stage in the opening Act wearing bloomers in the shape of a pumpkin and tights to go along with it. Oh no, I thought, not the greatest impression to spring on future in -laws. Craig sang beautifully during the performance which made all the difference.
The greatest impact Craig made on me during ours courting days was the time we had our second date. A co-worker of Craig's came crying and running up to us saying one of his friend's dad had a massive heart attack. Craig graciously looked at me and said I am sorry I need to leave to be with my friend. I knew then if Craig would show so much care and concern for a friend, he would be there for me. And he has. He has been a wonderful caring husband to me, a fabulous, super dad to our children and a great friend to all who knew him.
It has been five long months since his passing. I want him to come home, but he can't. I miss my dear husband.

Mary (Hammill) Rund

October 21, 2013

I just learned of Craig's passing when I saw the Public Notice of probate in the Marshalltown paper. I have thought of Craig so many times through the years and am so sad that I never had the chance to see him after he became a father. He was a great friend and I am so sorry for your loss.

Donna McCoy Lawler

August 11, 2013

Craig graduated with the Class of 1971 from Union Whitten. As part of the Class we all express our sympathy to Craig's Family. He was a very fun and special guy in High School. And as years go by you always hope to see a class mate every few years - He truly will be missed. Sorry this is so late - I just heard of his passing this past week.

Douglass McDonald

August 11, 2013

Craig and I were in school, choir, football together from kindergarten until we graduated as a class of 36, from Union Whitten High School together in 1971. Additionally we were in 4-H together and our father's were cousins. Amazing that out of that small rural community classmates could go so far, do so much and never see one another from the day of graduation after seeing each other daily for 13 years!

Craig was always loud, very spirited, but also of a good spirit. I am sorry we never reconnected, I was in Houston just two years ago.

Douglass McDonald
Cincinnnati, OH

Julie and Ed Jackson

July 15, 2013

Dear Chris and family,
No words can express our deep sympathy for your loss. Ed and I spent countless hours with you and Craig when we first moved to Houston. They shared Arthur Anderson times and Chris, you and I shared our first pregnancies and then our first borns. You and Craig were our first babysitters and then we sat for Travis a few months later. We remember watching the football games at your apartment and your fabulous homemade breads which made your hamburgers the BEST! We are saddened by this news. We are with you in spirit. Bless all of you. With love always.

Keith Robling

July 7, 2013

Craig was truly talented and knowledgeable in accounting that many of us at Shell chose to be mentored by him. I counted it joy to have a conversation with him, even if on the the Woodlands bus, because he would always point me in the right direction regarding technical accounting issues that I was facing. Know that Craig was one of the smartest men I knew at Shell Finance.

Trisha Templer

July 1, 2013

We first met Craig & Christine at church, we sat in the pew in front of them & always commented to each other how beautiful his voice was. We were lucky enough to finally get to know him through our small core group. This fine man will be missed. Rest in peace, my friend. Chris, we are just a call away if you need anything. Our prayers are with your family.

Wendy Gentile

June 30, 2013

You know a great man when you see the legacy he leaves behind in his children. Craig Hensley is one of those men. He can be proud knowing his family is strong and loving, and will thrive despite these trying times, because of his enduring influence.

Betsy Bitter

June 30, 2013

Christine and kids, We were neighbors for 13 years! I loved living next door to you and your family. I have so many memories of Craig outside on Saturday mornings with the boys, organizing the yard work and all the activities for the day. He was a hands on father! We loved the welcome your children provided for ours when we moved in. I came home from a party at your house to a loft full of teenagers talking and laughing and getting to know each other. I loved watching our children grow into adulthood and was happy we could share the joy of weddings! Craig fought a courageous battle and all of you were with him and together, which is how your family did everything. God bless and keep all of you in His tender care, both now and always! We miss having you as neighbors! Love to all of you! Mark and Betsy Bitter

Whitney Gentile

June 30, 2013

I spent my whole childhood being able to hear Craig talking to Travis or Josh OVER the sound of the lawn mower when they were doing yard work.

Also, every time Molly or I would ever call for Jen, and he would answer, and then yell "Jennifer KathLEEN!!!"

They're small things, but they're part of the fabric of my childhood, and I'll miss them.