Melville Donald Hensey, III

November 30, -0001 - June 30, 2012

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HENSEY, Melville “Mel” D., III, of Maineville, OH passed away June 30, 2012 at age 77. Born in Charleston, WV to Mel Jr. and Bly (Roach) Hensey and reared in Beckley, WV. Loving husband for 55 years to Carol Ann (nee Hochstrasser). Beloved father of Mel IV (Mary), Terence (Bonnie), Christopher (Peg Chandler), and Anna (David) Somboretz. Loving grandfather “Pa” to Sarah (Chris Campbell), Sean (Amanda), Katherine, John, Ian and Molly Hensey; and great-grandfather to Nolan Hensey. Loving brother to Megan (Don) Bowen. Mel was a 1952 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, West Virginia and earned BS (’57) and MS (’68) degrees in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Mel founded Hensey Associates in 1974, a nationally-regarded management consulting firm. He authored books on personal success, team building, and managing change. He frequently donated his time and process skills to local churches and service organizations such as the Red Cross and Freestore Foodbank. An active member of his church, Mel was a creative, enthusiastic teacher and Scout leader, and participated in the Jail Ministry. In addition to spending time with his family and friends, Mel enjoyed canoeing, bike riding, square dancing, and picking up litter in his neighborhood along the Little Miami River. He could often be found caring for his trees … planted for family, friends, neighbors, and churches. Most of all, Mel loved life. His family invites you to a memorial service at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 7 at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Finneytown (703 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45231); followed by interment at Arlington Memorial Gardens. A luncheon reception will be held afterward at Northminster. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Northminster Presbyterian Church; The Dan Beard Council, BSA (10078 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45241); or Little Miami Inc. (6040 Price Rd., Milford, Ohio 45150).


Scott Roth - Jul 10, 2012

Mell was a great friend to the scouts and will surely be missed. I remember Mell through my scout years with troop 858 in Finneytown, Ohio. We all loved him, and he will be dearly missed. I’m so sorry for the lost of a great friend, but also a teacher as well.

Jennifer Randolph Knull - Jul 10, 2012

I was so sorry to read about Mr. Hensey’s passing. I remember so many fun times I had with him as our Sunday School leader. He always had an interesting lesson or did really fun things. I’ll be thinking of all of you, especially Anne and Chris, during this difficult time.

Matt Wenzel - Jul 6, 2012

Carol and Family; Please accept my deepest sympathies and condolences on your loss. Mel was very special to me (and to many others as well) and helped guide me into manhood first as my Scoutmaster of Troop 858, then as a mentor to me as a young man. He taught me many valuable lessons for which I am forever indebted. I was saddened to learn of his illness and passing, but relieved to know that he is no longer ill or suffering. Life took me down a different path and I lost touch with Mel, but I was glad to see and talk with him 5 years ago at my wedding. Mel was a good man and the world is a little sadder place with him gone. I know he is waiting for all of us to join him in due time to enjoy one more canoe trip. All my love; Matt

Steve Blow - Jul 6, 2012

Mel taught and helped me throughout his life. As a Scoutmaster in Troop 858, and at many a summer camp, Mel helped me understand how to do the right thing the right way. Mel’s help to me in college and in starting my corporate life at SDRC helped me create a career that has spanned 20 + years. Mel’s continued efforts to make the world a better place with his “Do Not Litter” signs along US 22/3 create a living example for me to show my son and his Boy Scout troop.

May the peace and comfort of Jesus Christ be felt by his family and friends as we remember Mel’s life.

Steve Blow, Morrow Ohio.

James & Kathy Hipps - Jul 5, 2012

Mel was a long time (from mid 80’s) consultant, mentor, sounding board and most of all a friend. Mel touched countless lives. We all benefited from his knowledge & wisdom. Most of all though we benefited from his humane touch, his sense of humor, his joy in life and his demonstrations of leadership, accountability, consensus building and his dedication to our profession.

Thank you Mel for all you did for so many. of us.

You and your beloved family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim & Kathy

Dan Ryan - Jul 5, 2012

Mel will be missed by all who knew him.
I look forward to being at this service this Saturday.

Vicki Johnson Warden - Jul 5, 2012

May the grief and tears soon be replaced with wonderful, funny and happy memories.
Mel’s life is one we all can look to for an example of a servant’s life!
Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
Thank you for touching the life of my sons and living a life for them to follow.
Thank you to Mel’s family for allowing him to share much of his time with others.
Prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of grief.

Jason L Hussel - Jul 4, 2012

Mr. Hensey was a giant among men, a true gentlemen. I think of him often and am very thankful for the influence he had on me as a young man. My deepest condolences to his fine family.

Laura Horn - Jul 4, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mel was a wonderful man he was an inspiration to all. He was a wonderful mentor for the scouting program and especially for our son. She willbe missed. Take comfort in the Lord and His love that he pours out on all of you.

David Scheienr - Jul 4, 2012

Mel consulted with my firm for many years. I’d like to think that I knew Mel fairly well. He had a wonderful way about him…I thought the world of Mel and will miss him.

Linda Wieland Neumaier - Jul 4, 2012

I am deeply saddened by the loss of your husband and father. Please know that he is in a better place now, even though he will certainly be missed by all. Wishing you strength in the days ahead.