Hensgens rites held Saturday

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of William Moody Hensgens, 27, area rice and soybean farmer, was held on Saturday, September 12, 2009, at  12 o’clock noon at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Crowley. The Rev. Msgr. Keith Derouen officiated at the services and also presided during burial ceremonies. Concelebrants were Rev. Gary Schexnayder, Msgr. Charles Dubois and Rev. James Brady. He died on Thursday, September 10, 2009. William was born on October 8, 1981 as the fourth child of Dennis Joseph Hensgens, Sr. and Valerie Anne Moody Hensgens of Crowley. He was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Braxton I. Moody III of Crowley and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Hensgens, Sr. of Mowata. 

William grew up in Crowley surrounded by a large loving family of four brothers and four sisters, Gretta, Denny, Hans, Michael, Valerie, David, Mary Gayle and Christina. Even as a child, he had a great love of the outdoors and farming. He spent many hours planting his own rice crops in the backyard, sitting in duck blinds with his cousins, and riding the combine with his daddy and Uncle Buck. 

William attended St. Michael Elementary School and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 2001. In high school,  he was a standout in athletics, lettering in football, track and basketball. He was a member of the 2000 State Championship Football team his senior year. After high school, William attended LSU-E and graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. 

 He began his farming career as soon as he could drive a tractor.  Throughout his high school and collegiate years, he worked alongside his father and brothers on the family farm in Iota and Crowley.  Upon graduation from McNeese, he became a fifth generation Hensgens rice farmer in Southwest Louisiana.  William had a true love for his occupation, something he inherited from his father. He worked tirelessly to be the best farmer he could, often traveling to Mississippi and Arkansas to learn the most innovative methods for producing rice and soybeans. Like all farmers, he loved to talk to his many friends about his crop, the weather, and the price of beans. 

When he wasn’t working, William was spending time outdoors with his family and friends. He learned to shoot and hunt at an early age from his father. He enjoyed duck and goose hunting over rice fields and deer hunting in the woods of North Louisiana. As a child, he would fish for hours with his brothers and took pleasure in off-shore fishing trips with his grandfather, “Daddy B”. More recently, he enjoyed deep sea fishing for tuna and red snapper with friends and his brother Michael. Will loved to travel with his friends, and he planned many trips to Florida and Colorado to spend time with them. 

William was loved for his quiet nature, his sense of humor, and his love of life and family. His brother Michael Hensges and cousin Bob Hensgens remembered him fondly as eulogist. “Unc” will be particularly missed by his nieces and nephews who he loved to visit, and his godchildren, Eleanor Hensgens and Mary Ellen Trahan.  

He is survived by his parents, Dennis and Valerie Hensgens; his eight siblings, Gretta Hensgens Trahan, her husband Jeff Trahan and their children Camille, Jeffery, Jr. and Mary Ellen;  Dennis Hensgens, Jr., his wife Amanda Baronet Hensgens and their children Grace, Eleanor, Dennis III, Anna Katherine, and Charles; Johann Hensgens II, his wife Debra Schultz Hensgens and their children, Jacob, Johann III, and Joseph; Michael Charles Hensgens, Valerie Elizabeth Hensgens, David Braxton Hensgens, Mary Gayle Hensgens, and Christina Margaret Hensgens. He is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Braxton Isham Moody III (Thelma Hebert). He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nicholas Hensgens, Sr. (Leola Landry), his uncles Charles Hensgens, Jr., Lynn Iverson, and Glenn Valdetero.

Pallbearers were Jacob Dorr, Gregory Hensgens, Matthew Lambousy, Bryan Leonards, Nicholas Leonards, Andrew Robertson, Craig Valdeterro and Ryan Vidrine.

Honorary pallbearers were Christian Hensgens, Erik Hundley, John Douglas Hundley, Matt Lyons, Ben Moody, Hunter Moody, Rick Moody, Tyler Moody, Jeff Trahan, Trent Broussard, Aaron Dore, Corey Forestier, Kenny Habetz, Taylor Mahaffey, Bart Savant, Wes Simon, John Stefanski and Ross Thibodeaux.

Scripture was read by Sam Robertson and Eric Iverson. General intercession was offered by Charles Hensgens III. Gift bearers were Gabe Hensgens, Jake Hensgens, Kyle Hensgens and Matt Hensgens. Altar servers were John Peter Hensgens, Jack Harrelson and Caleb Lambousy.

Alberta Lyons coordinated the musical selections with Raymond Hebert and Melody Thibodeaux as vocalists and accompanied by musicians Yang Yang Li and Will Green.

Arrangements were entrusted to Geesey Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley. Visitation was held on Friday, September 11, 2009, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m.  Visitation continued on Saturday, September 12, 2009, from 8 a.m. until the time of services at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Crowley at 12 o’clock noon. Burial followed at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Mowata.     Condolences may be made to the family by HYPERLINK http://www.geesey-ferguson.com

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