Aug. 13, 1947 – June 5, 2020
Jim was born in Fresno, California to Lester and Lucille Henslee on August 13, 1947, the oldest of six children.
Jim was no stranger to responsibility even at an early age. In 1964 at 17 years of age, he joined the US Navy. He said, “He knew he didn’t want to work in the fields all his life”. After four years of serving in the military he met and married Peggy, the love of his life in 1969. Jim was so proud of his family and soon adding another addition to his pride button was daughter April.
Jim knew the value of family, he loved each one of his children, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren one he didn’t get to meet, the baby boy who will be here in a few months. They each thought they were his favorite. And they are!!
Jim also knew the value of:
Loyal friends, just ask those who were fortunate enough to be friends with him.
A gentlemen’s agreement, being a person of your word in honesty and respect.
Commitment and hard work — married over 50 years and retired from Gallo Glass after 39 years. Yep, that’s commitment and hard work.
Jim’s storytelling and sense of humor will truly be missed. Though we are very sad he has left us physically, he will live on in all of us through memories, stories and how he affected our lives.
WE LOVE YOU JIM!
Jim is survived by his wife Peggy Henslee, daughter April Patterson, mother Lucille Henslee, siblings Lester Henslee, Gene Henslee, Steve Henslee and Marlene Jobe. He is also survived by his six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Jim is preceded in death by his father Lester Henslee and his sister Darlene Butler.