The Woodward News


March 19, 2014

Johnny Hensal

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014

Woodward, Okla. —

Johnny Hensal, 85-year-old resident of Woodward, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 in the Grace Living Center in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Ray Don Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Johnny Cottor Hensal was born Aug. 22, 1928 in Seminole, Oklahoma; he was the son of Elton Carl and Eula Irene (Gates) Hensal. He grew to manhood in Arp, Texas and attended school in Arp until the eleventh grade. He was married to Lila Lee Jernigan in Wellington, Kansas on October 17, 1950, and the couple made their home in Great Bend, Kansas. To this union, six children were born, Connie, Karen, Mike, Lisa, Jaci and Shelley. Johnny started working in the oilfield in 1942. He worked as a swamper, driver, truck pusher and later as owner of John Hensal Trucking. He served in the Army during the Korean War where he achieved the rank of Corporal and had received three Bronze Stars and ribbons for shooting. He continued working in the oilfield until 1986. They had lived in Woodward and later made their home in Hemphill, Texas on Toledo Bend Lake where he enjoyed fishing for 20 years before moving back to Woodward in the spring of 2011.

He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. Johnny loved his children and grandchildren and the occasional travel.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lila Lee Hensal of Woodward; one son, Mike Hensal and wife Linda of Woodward; three daughters, Lisa Musick and husband Don of Early, Texas; Jaci Musick and husband Carl of May, Texas; Shelley Long and husband Bill of Crane, Missouri; son-in-law Duane Luzum of Laguna Niguel, California; 13 grandchildren, Shelby Welsch and husband Jeff; Ryan Luzum; Joshua Hensal and wife Kimberly; Jillian Wells and husband Daniel; Julia Foster and husband Ben; Jaime Spencer and husband Kyle; Jessica Hensal; Cody Musick; Kaycee Musick; Hailee Musick; Sadie Musick; Sasha Dickens and husband Zach; Derek Long and fiance Jessica; 16 great-grandchildren, Riley Welsch; Teagan Welsch; Caden Welsch; Carli Hensal; Caleb Hensal; Cotter Hensal; Carson Hensal; Alex Wells; Anna Wells; Andrew Wells; Abigail Wells; Samuel Foster; Luca Spencer; Jaydon Salazar; EllieAnna Salazar; Rhaya Dickens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Virginia Philpott; Gwen McCullough; two daughters, Connie Jo Luzum and Karen Louise Hensal.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Diabetes Association will the funeral home accepting the contributions.

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