Douglas “Scott” Hensel

Douglas “Scott” Hensel of Port Washington loved Elvis Presley.

“Elvis was his idol, and he sounded like him when he sang,” Mr. Hensel’s daughter Amanda Secor said. “When he was younger, he kind of looked like Elvis.”

A talented singer and guitar player, Mr. Hensel sang competitively when he was young and later sang at weddings with his sisters.

His karaoke machine was never far from him, and he often recorded cassettes and CDs for family members.

“He just loved music,” his daughter said. “I can’t remember a time when he didn’t sing.”

He didn’t, however, consider a career in music, she said, preferring to keep music as his hobby.

“Not many people have something like that, a lifelong passion,” his daughter said.

Mr. Hensel, who was best known as Scott, died Sunday, June 17, at his home on West Sunset Road in Port Washington. He was 74.

He had struggled with diabetes and cardiac issues, his daughter said.

Mr. Hensel was a native of Port Washington, born on July 12, 1943, to John and Janet Gruenewald Hensel.

He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1961.

He left Port for northern Illinois, then lived in Saukville and the Town of Grafton for 24 years before moving back to Port Washington in 2010.

Mr. Hensel worked at Mold Craft, Johnson Brass and Simplicity Manufacturing, where he was a foreman for more than 18 years.

He then worked for Woods Equipment in Illinois and Milwaukee Sign before driving truck for a number of plumbing supply companies in Milwaukee. Mr. Hensel retired in 2009.

“He really enjoyed being a truck driver,” his daughter said. “He liked driving around and talking to people. He was a social guy.”

Her father was “a fun guy,” she added.

“He had a great sense of humor — he could find humor in anything,” she said. “That’s a gift.”

Mr. Hensel enjoyed good barbecue, hunting and watching old movies, she said.

“He lived life boldly,” his daughter added. “He liked adventure. He liked to get on his Harley and ride around.”

He also had a big heart, his family said.

Mr. Hensel is survived by his children, Julia Grandlic of Sheboygan, Lisa (Dave) Lemler of Castle Pines, Colo., Michael of Franklin and Amanda (Doug) Secor of Kimberly; and grandchildren Elizabeth (Kyle) Raml, Adam Grandlic, Carter Secor, Avery Lemler, Mason Lemler, Jack Hensel and Peyton Goeden.

He is further survived by his mother Janet of West Bend, sisters Debra (Norm Blankenburg) Kison of West Bend and Sandy (Jim) Bernarde of Phoenix; and dear friends Bruce and Donna Laabs.

He is also survived by his former wives Mary Hensel of Port Washington and Janet (Fred) Krier of Belgium; stepsons Dan (Heather) Goeden of Wauwatosa and Michael (Julie) Goeden of Los Angeles; stepgrandson Matthew Hadler and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Mr. Hensel was preceded in death by his father John, son-in-law Dan Grandlic and grandson Brady Secor.

A memorial service for Mr. Hensel will be held at noon Monday, June 25, at Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. Monday until the service.

Interment will follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Silver Creek.




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