Larry Alan Hensler
Larry Alan Hensler, 83, Kokomo, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Ascension St. Vincent, Kokomo. He was born Sept. 28, 1936, in Miami County to Lucius B. and Vera C. Hensler.
In 1954 Larry graduated from Eastern High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959.
On Oct. 24, 1959, Larry married the love of his life, Barbara Sosbe, whom he met at Indiana Beach. She preceded him in death on Dec. 18, 2018.
He was a loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa. Larry retired from Delco in 1995 as an electrician with 31+ years of service. After retiring from Delco, Larry worked part-time maintenance for the Greencreek Apartments in Greentown. Larry was a lifelong farmer in Howard and Miami Counties.
Larry was a member of Jerome Christian Church. He was a 50+ member and two-time past master of the Greentown Masonic Lodge 341 and a member and past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star 195. Larry was a former president of the Mast-Hensler Cemetery Association. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley Indianapolis, Kokomo York Rite, Murat Shrine Temple, Kokomo Shrine Club, and UAW. Larry was a longtime volunteer for We Care and grew sweetcorn for the benefit of We Care for many years.
Those surviving Larry are four children, Brent Hensler, Rochester, Janine (Ed) Hamock, North Fort Myers, Florida, Bruce Hensler, Kokomo, and Jennifer Eshelman, Kokomo; four grandchildren, Meghan (Kristin) Paret, Rotonda, Florida, Ryan Horner (fianceé, Megan), Avon, Stephanie (Justin) Mayes, Clinton, Tennessee, and Eli Hensler, Rochester; great-grandson, Blake Mayes; three sisters, Sharon Gritton, Lynn (Tom) Pratt, and Janis (Richard) Crume; brother-in-law, Larry Myers; and 12 nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Shirley Clouser and Joyce Myers; brothers-in-law, James Gritton and Gene Clouser; and son-in-law, Dean Eshelman.
Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus and recommendations from public health officials, a celebration of Larry's life will be held later. A private family service will be Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Hasler & Stout Funeral Home, 112 E. Main St., Greentown, with Pastor John Newman officiating. Burial will be in the Mast-Hensler Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greentown Masonic Lodge 341 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 341, Greentown, IN 46936, or We Care, 519 N. Main St., Kokomo, IN 46901.
Hasler & Stout, 112 E. Main St., Greentown, assisted the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at
Published on March 26, 2020


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Wendell Hockersmith
Mar 29, 2020
Larry was a good guy and friend. We lived near each other at Phlox and rode the school buss together to Phlox elementary school then to Easter High School in Greentown. We had good chats on the bus and graduated together in 1954. HE WAS A "GREAT GUY" and I liked him a lot.
Mar 28, 2020
To the Hensler family I extend my sympathy to you all. I pray for healing and strength. It is never easy to loose a loved one. Cherish your memories you have shared with Larry. My God bless you all.
David Stokes
Mar 28, 2020
May God give comfort to each of you who will miss Larry. We're praying for all your family to have the peace that passes understanding, especially now. May God bless each one of you.
Donna Hensler
Mar 27, 2020
To each one of you...who çalled Larry "Dad”...
My heart @ spirit really reaches out to
You with sadness an Love.
Jeffrey and Susan Paret
Mar 27, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. No words can comfort right now. Just know he is at peace with the love of his life. He will be in your hearts and memories forever.
Jeff Cass
Mar 27, 2020
So sorry for your loss prayers for the family 🙏🙏 !
Maryann & Bobby Almeida
Mar 26, 2020
Mr. Hensler, we met one time at Ed & Janine's house. We live right across the street from them. I don't really know you but I know that your daughter, Janine loved you very much. She would always come over and talk about you. You were very special to her. She is glad you are with your wife, her mom, now. Please tell her mom that she misses her every day, but as much as she will miss you so very much, she knows you are happy being together again. She also knows that her mom will take really good care of you now. Always in Janine's heart, it was really nice meeting you. Janine loves you, R.I.P. Mr. Hensler. Janine, you know we are always here for you, we love you and we are so sorr...y for the loss of your dad xoxoRead more
Sally Duke
Mar 26, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss. May God bless your family and hold you extra tight.
Joe Gritton
Mar 26, 2020
I’m I remember his dear wife Barbara saying he would be happy if he died out in the fields on a tractor. Other than being with family, that was his happy place.
Uncle Larry was proud to carry on family traditions.
Though he was a patriarch of his own family, and the rock of the family to all his sisters after his father passed, he was a fifth generation farmer on the same land that has been in the Hensler family over 150 years.
He is now rejoining Barbara, and walking out to the harvest without the shackles of the physical ailments that burdened him the last few years.
Jeffrey & Lutesha Watson
Mar 26, 2020
Brent, so sorry for your family's loss.
You will always have great memories.
Hugs for you and Eli.
Robert McClish
Mar 26, 2020
So Very Sorry For Your Loss. Prayers for Your Family. Love In The Fellowship OF The Spirit.