Charles Randall Hensley

Jun 14, 1956 - Sep 29, 2019


Charles Randall Hensley (“Chuck”) was born in 1956 to Clyde and Mary Hensley at Fort Sill, West Plains, Missouri, where his dad was in the Army. Chuck inherited his dad’s mechanical talent and loved tinkering with machinery and electronics his whole life. After a stint in Germany, the family moved back to the United States and Chuck grew up in Fair Grove, Missouri and Napa, California. He joined the Air Force in June of 1974 and, after serving three years, was honorably discharged.
Chuck attended college at Sacramento State University and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He was always proud of his accomplishments as an electrical engineer and worked first at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and then at Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Rancho Seco Power Plant. When Rancho Seco closed, Chuck became an electrical contractor and worked on various projects in the Sacramento area, including the Waggoner Center in Nevada City, Sacramento Native American Health Center, Gurudwara Sahib Sikh Temple, Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, and many more.
In 1988, Chuck’s life changed forever when his daughter, Sunny, was born. He adored his baby girl and enjoyed a close relationship with her the rest of his life. He loved to fish more than almost anything else and was thrilled when she caught her first largemouth bass at Rancho Seco Lake, under his instruction.
Chuck led an active life. When he was young he played football for Napa Junior College. In Sacramento, he competed in half a dozen iterations of Eppie’s Great Race and other marathons. As for fishing, he could regularly be seen on his boat at the American River near Discovery Park catching steelhead and stripers and at Rancho Seco. He also enjoyed cooking and gardening.
Chuck passed away on September 29th. He is survived by his daughter, Sonia Hensley.


  • karen says:

    Our family so misses your laugh, your smile, your free-spirited approach to lfe, your generosity, and your ability to create or costruct just about anything. In particular, tricky plumbing problems. Our daughter always ran to visit with you whenever she saw you in the yard and you always had time for her. One summer you put up an inflatable pool for her to use and the small gifts you gave her are a lasting tribute to the man we knew and loved. Always in our hearts, Karen, Steve, and Emily

  • David says:

    Chuck was a great guy and my fishing buddy. We met out on the lake while fishing and created a great friendship. He will be missed very much.

  • Linda Anderson says:

    I attended University with Chuck, he had a sense of humor and was an athlete. I enjoyed a close friendship with Sunny’s mother in the 90s and admired Chuck’s working to give his daughter the California nature experience.

  • Rick stark says:

    He was a decent brother too.

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