This page will help you, my visitor; get to know a little about me and how I came to writing poetry. I have been blessed late in life with the talent of expressing my thoughts and feelings by putting words on paper. I was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1923. I believe I had a normal life as a child. My main interests as a youngster were baseball and Boy Scouts. My Scoutmaster and his wife were instrumental in shaping my character as I grew up. I met Marirose in high school and we forged a lasting love that will never end. Our sixty-six years of marriage together produced many, many memories that have been the basis for my poems. Remembering and writing about these memories helped a great deal in easing the pain of losing her to Alzheimer’s disease September 15, 2008.
I have lived a full life. I have been a registered Boy Scout and Scouter for sixty-five years, I was a Cement Mason for over fifty years, and I kept honeybees for over twenty-five yearsas of 2009. I am a volunteer with the NorthCare Hospice Team. NorthCare Hospice cared for Marirose her last nine months of life; I can only say great things about them and will forever be in their debt.
I choose to write mostly about Marirose and our lives together. Our love grew only stronger as we survived the last days of the Great Depression and then World War II. We raised a fine family of four boys and two girls. Over the years, we built a total of five houses together, all of which Marirose turned into beautiful homes.
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Hiram P. Gensler Jr., 91 of Kansas City, MO died at St. Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on July 16, 1923 to the late Hiram P. Gensler Sr. and Anna Lillian Smith Gensler.
He was a concrete finisher for many years, and laid the foundation at Gashland United Methodist Church where he was a member. He was a Boy Scout then Eagle Scout for more than 72 years. He proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II; getting married to Marirose Lawrence on November 15, 1942, the day before he entered the service. He was known as the “Honey Man” with his Hi’s Honey. After Marirose passed away on September 15, 2008, he started a website www.MyAngelMarirose.net where he would post poetry about his wife and his life.
He is survived by his children: Larry (Cindy) Gensler; Linda (Richard) Doak; Ed (Gayle) Gensler; Gail Bowen; Mark (Jennifer) Gensler; and Don (Mary) Gensler. His 15 grandchildren: JoAnne Burns, Steve (Katharine) Gensler, Karen McConnell, Cheryl (Steve) Scott, Travis (Bree) Gensler, Tiffany Gensler, Trevor (Angie) Gensler, Tyra (Nathan) Bruns, Trista Gensler, Amy (Jeff) Miner, Paige Gensler, Aaron Gensler, Jordan Varvel, Shane Mendez, and Kyle Mendez; 16 great-grandchildren: Miles, Will, Ainsley, Ethan, Sean, David, Bailey, Peyton, Grayson, Brody, Tenley, Jackson, Carter, Jamie, Jaden and Jaycie. He was a dear brother, uncle, cousin and friend.