Virgil Hensiek

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Virgil R. Hensiek, 95, of Belleville, IL, born June 13, 1925, in Jonesburg, MO, died Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Mr. Hensiek was a plant manager and retired from Vertex Chemical, Dupo, IL.  He was a member of Swansea Baptist Church, Swansea, IL, and a former member of the Swansea Elks Club. Virgil was a United States World War II Army veteran. He was a loving husband and father, and he will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Valeta, nee Inman, Hensiek, whom he married on April 27, 1991, and who died on December 16, 2020; a son in infancy, Daniel Hensiek; his first wife, Patricia Hensiek; his parents, Benjamin and Molly Elizabeth “Betty”, nee Witt, Hensiek; five brothers Ray, Roy, Ben, Bobby, and George Hensiek; and a sister, Darlene Allen.

Surviving are his children, James (Roxanne) Hensiek, Shelia (Tim) Nunnally, and Timmy (Donna) Hensiek; two stepchildren, Edward Alberti, and Tia (Curtis) Benningfield; five grandchildren, Craig (Christine) Nunnally, Brad (Kim) Nunnally, Carrie (Kris) Conaway, Steven (Anita) Hensiek, and Lisa (Jason) Yoxtheimer; three step-grandchildren, Zachary Alberti, Dominick Alberti, and Cassie Alberti; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Jonesburg City Cemetery, Railroad Street, Jonesburg, MO, 63351.

Celebration of Life will be held after the graveside service at Celebration Hall, 211 North 2nd Street, Jonesburg, MO, 63351. Potluck luncheon will follow.



8 Comments on Virgil Hensiek

Stan Allen said : Guest Report Jun 19, 2021 at 7:54 AM

Thoughts and prayers to the family for the loss of one of the greatest men. He will be greatly missed. From his kind smile to his kind word, he always made you feel good. He made me feel better for knowing him.

  • Bigelow
  • AR
Larry Newsom said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2021 at 8:57 PM

Virgil was a role model and friend. I am better for having known Virgil.

  • Lebanon
  • IL
Susan Byers (Hensiek) said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2021 at 8:24 PM

I have fond memories of Uncle Virgil - always had a smile on his face. I remember how he always made sure Grandma Betty was well taken care of! He will be very missed! He always made you feel welcome & happy to see you - heaven just gained another angel!

  • Brooklyn
  • IN
Tom Schaefer said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2021 at 10:37 AM

Virgil was one of the few remaining of the greatest generation. His heart and soul was something that was truly inspiring. His humor would brighten any day. I never knew a harder working man than him. This world will always need a person like Virgil. We will all miss you dearly.

  • Memphis
  • Tn
Christopher E. Alberti said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2021 at 10:05 AM

Tia and Eddie and all family members, I am so sorry to hear of Virgil's passing. I had the opportunity to meet Virgil one time when I was visiting my Aunt Val in Belleville. He was very gracious and friendly and I know that he is dearly missed by everyone he touched.

  • APEX
  • NC
Judy McDonaldi said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2021 at 7:58 PM

What a loss for each of you and those of us who cared so for Virgil. He was a delightful, caring gentleman, never without a smile and/or kind word and will indeed be missed. Know that each of you are loved and how very grateful I am to be part of your family. ? Aunt Judy

  • Swansea
  • IL
Mitch and Elizabeth said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2021 at 7:13 PM

There is and empty hole our hearts ? for Pops ! But knowing he's having comfort and a great time with all his family and brothers in arms in paradise. God did so bless him.

  • ST.Louis
  • Mo
Christine Nunnally said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2021 at 4:44 PM

He was a hero to so many and a wonderful example of what it is to be a real man- strong, brave, humble and loving. I will miss the whistle in my ear, when I’d accidentally hug him on the side of your hearing aid. God bless.

  • Belleville
  • Il

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