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Robert F. Hensel

March 27, 1934 ~ August 24, 2019 (age 85)

Robert F. Hensel, 85 of West Deer Township, died August 24, 2019 at his residence. He was born March 27, 1934 in Tarentum to the late Henry P. and Madeline (Wiedl) Hensel Sr.  Bob has lived in West Deer for the past 60 years. He was a 1952 graduate of Tarentum High School. Following high school he served in the US Navy for over 4 years on the USS New Jersey during the Korean War. Bob worked as a machinist for Oberg Manufacturing and JV Manufacturing for more than 40 years. He was a member of St. Victor R.C. Church, Bairdford, West Deer Township and a lifetime volunteer fireman for West Deer #2 Fire Department. Bob enjoyed golfing, camping, fishing, hunting, gardening, spending time with his family and friends, and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.

Survivors are his children, Deborah H. Kyle of Colorado Springs, CO, Gregory R. (Leigh Ann) Hensel of Tijeras, NM, Cynthia M. (Gary) Sholly of Chugiak, AK, and Diane L. Hensel at home, four grandchildren, Ryan, Brian, Greg and Amanda, four great-grandchildren, his brother, David A. Hensel of Irving, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Audrey A. (Sukanovich) Hensel, brother, Henry P Hensel Jr, and sister, Patricia Slodowski.

Family will receive friends Thursday 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer, where parting prayers will be conducted Friday 9:00 am followed by a Catholic Funeral Mass in St. Victor Parish, with the Rev. James P. Holland officiating. He will be laid to rest in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at

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