Doris Hensen of Perry


Doris Hensen, 94, of Perry passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at the Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Perry. Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 3-6:45 p.m., with family present to greet friends from 5-6:45 p.m. and a Vigil service at 6:45 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry.

Doris was born March 9, 1925, on a farm near Toledo, Iowa, to Roy and Velma Harris.

She was raised on multiple farms that her dad was renting, with some hard time during the great depression.

Doris enjoyed riding horses on the farm while working hard from a very young age.

She played clarinet in the band, catcher on the softball team and also was a cheerleader.

Doris remembered many fun summers with her brother, Laverne, and her younger sister, Carla, at her grandparents’ house.

She moved to Perry when she was a junior and graduated from St Patrick High School in 1942.

After high school, she remained in Perry and worked as a bookkeeper.

Doris met Louie Hensen in 1941, and they were married on Aug. 5, 1946, shortly after his return from the war.

When living on a farm near Yale, they were blessed with two sons, Ron in 1949 and Curt in 1955.

Doris and Louis bought the Perry Sales Pavilion in 1969. They owned and operated the barn, where Doris worked as a bookkeeper and head chef, making delicious pies, chicken noodle soup and hot beef sandwiches.

She served for many years on the Perry State Bank board.

Doris enjoyed golfing, bowling and bridge and cherished her family.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Louie; her sister, Carla Swensen; her two sons, Ron and Curt; her daughters-in-law; her five grandchildren; and her eight great-grandchildren.

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