James P. Hensley, 73, of Danville, died Monday, March 27, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born Oct. 7, 1943 to James and Doris (Coffing) Hensley.
He graduated from Danville High School in 1961 where he was voted MVP of the baseball team his senior year. His love of sports -- particularly golf, baseball, and college basketball -- never faded throughout his life. He was a St. Louis Cardinals fan like no other.
J. P. joined Danville Fire Department on Jan. 1, 1969. He served the City of Danville as a Firefighter for 26 years and was a proud member of International Association of Firefighters, Local 429. During much of his career, he also worked at Rucker's Auto Body, a perfect fit for his lifelong passion for cars and trucks.
An avid golfer, he spent countless days on the links. For many years, he was a fixture on the Harrison Park course, where in 1991 he had a hole in one from the second tee.
After retirement, he could devote even more time to golf when he lived in New Jersey, Florida and North Carolina. He returned to his Danville roots in 2006 where he lived out the remainder of his life.
He always enjoyed planting and gardening, every year anxiously awaiting the Spring opening of Danville Gardens. He loved and enjoyed the companionship of dogs throughout his lifetime.
He is survived by his son, Jared Hensley-Goldstein, San Francisco; nephew, Doug (Robin Brooks) Wadsworth, Georgetown; niece, Beth Wadsworth, Washington, D.C.; and two great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jane Wadsworth; and brother-in-law, Robert Wadsworth who he missed so very much.
A special thanks to the staff of Danville Dialysis Services who provided loving care for him over the last four years.
Per his adamant request, there will be no services. In death, as in life, he lived true to himself.
Rortvedt Funeral Services & Crematory is assisting the family, Online condolences: www.rortvedtfuneralservices.com.
Published on March 31, 2017