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Michael Lee Hensel
August 25, 1959 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 64) 64 Years Old
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Michael Lee Hensel, 64 of Nampa, Idaho passed away Friday, 2/2/24 surrounded by family. Michael was born in Sheridan, Montana on August 25, 1959, to Geraldine McClurg. Michael has an everlasting bond with his mom, he was always a proud mama’s boy. Later embraced by his loving father Tony Hensel, a remarkable father who welcomed him and four rambunctious brothers into his heart. In 1969 the one and only daughter was welcomed into 5 boys’ hearts, a sister Jennifer. Michael had a radiant smile when sharing memories from growing up at the base of the crazy mountains. He graduated from Harlowton High School in 1977 and later enrolled in Montana State University (Go Bobcats!) where he worked hard to become a public certified accountant . In 2007, Michael found his soulmate in Chantele Dice, and on August 23rd, 2008, before God and their closest family, they exchanged vows on the shores of Henry’s Lake and Island Park. Their bond was built on deep friendship and unwavering support, enriched by their shared love instead of “I do” they said, “we are.” Michael was a God-driven man, a devoted husband and father, cherishing his role with utmost joy. He embraced Chantele’s children as his own, and together they welcomed Audie into their lives in 2009. Knitting their family together with an unbreakable bond of love. Michael’s knowledge of accounting led him to a successful career in a public accounting position. The success later resulted in Michael starting a legacy at his private practice, Hensel Accounting and Tax. In October of 2014, as a team, Michael and Chantele began Caldwell’s local newspaper, The Caldwell Perspective. Side by side in a small office they built two successful businesses that will continue Michael’s legacy. Throughout the last 10 years of Michael's life, he faced the formidable challenge of stage 4 kidney cancer, with undeniable strength and courage. In our eyes, he was named a warrior. Despite the trials he endured, his spirit remained unbroken, a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who knew him. Through the midst of his battle, he watched a son, Zach Sams begin his own construction company, he dropped his son Garrett Sams off at the bus to serve our country as a paratrooper in Fort Bragg, and this past year our only daughter Paige graduated high school and moved into her beautiful young adult life. Audie is fifteen and together with Chantele they will continue to honor Michael in their adventures as they start a new chapter. Living on borrowed time, on Michael’s 62nd birthday a fire was re-ignited inside of him he received the best gift from daughter Sarena Wilson, his first granddaughter, Presley. Michael fell into the papa role in life effortlessly. The 3 P’s, Papa, Paige, and Presley created a magical gnome garden, shared many picnics, danced in the kitchen, picked raspberries, got the garden ready, and best of all played spaceship in Papa’s car. Michael’s last days were filled with love, laughter, and many gifts from God. All lives who had the chance to encounter Michael were enriched by him. His presence is deeply missed, and the moments shared with him are tucked so deeply in our hearts. We all thank God each day for blessing us with him, he will forever be missed and in our hearts.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2024, with a viewing beginning at 1 p.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel, 504 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell, Idaho. Service will be live-streamed and the link will be found on his tribute page at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com A celebration of life will take place in Harlowton, Montana sometime in June or July. Check back for updates.
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 2/22/2024 at 01:45 PM, Mountain Standard Time.