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Norman Ensz

d. March 30, 2019

Norman Ensz Hillsboro – Norman Ensz, 90, died March 30, 2019 at Hillsboro Community Hospital.  He was born November 14, 1928 in Inman to Abe and Margaret (Nikkel) Ensz.  He married Dorothy Janzen September 1, 1952 in Hillsboro.  Survivors include: wife, Dorothy (Dot) Ensz of Hillsboro; son, Randy Ensz of Hillsboro; daughter, Joni (Terry) Ens of Wichita; brothers, Leo (Vonni) Ensz of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Willie (Marilyn) Ensz of Rural Hillsboro; sister-in-law, Bea Ensz of Topeka; 4 granddaughters and 1 great-granddaughter.  Predeceased by a brother, Vic Ensz in 2011.  Celebration of Life Service Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Hillsboro officiated by Pastor Lori Schwilling.  Interment 10:00 a.m. at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren cemetery in Hillsboro.  Memorials to Hillsboro United Methodist Church or Parkside Homes in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com

Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin

Norman “Norm” Ray Ensz was born November 14, 1928 on the farm at Inman, Kansas to Abe and Margaret (Nickel) Ensz. He died on March 30, 2019 at the Hillsboro Community Hospital. 

Norman graduated from Hillsboro High School in May of 1947. On September 1, 1952 he married Dorothy May “Dot” Janzen in Hillsboro, Kansas. They were married for 66 years. Their children include a son, Randy Ray, born in 1961 and a daughter, Joni May, in 1963. 

Throughout his life, Norman had various occupations that started with running the projector at the movie theaters in Hillsboro and Marion after school and in the evenings during high school. He also worked at the Hillsboro Telephone Company, for the City of Hillsboro electric department and for the REA climbing electric poles. He worked as a sealer on the FlightLine for Boeing Airplane Company in Wichita, Kansas and also had a job pulling house trailers. He spent a year in Korea with the US Army (1951-1952). Norm was a serviceman for Greeley Gas Company in Herrington, Kansas from 1969 to 1973 and worked in Hillsboro after that. He retired from Greeley Gas Company in 1990, after 25 and a half years. 

Norman was baptized and joined the Evangelical United Brethren Church before they merged and became the United Methodist Church, where he continued as a member for the rest of his life. Norm and Dot enjoyed church and church activities including Sunday School, worship and playing Spinners with others in the fellowship hall. He was active on church committees and, together with Dot, helped with the youth class.

Norm and Dot enjoyed skating, going to movies, traveling (by car, airplane, bus and AMTRAK train). He loved driving mustangs, red and blue ones. He liked bowling, attending sporting events, camping, boating, skiing, fishing and bee keeping. He was a member of the Hillsboro Lions Club and the American Legion. 

Norman is survived by his wife, Dorothy “Dot”; his children, Randy of Hillsboro, Kansas and Joni (Terry) Ens of Wichita, Kansas; four granddaughters: Stephanie (Brett) Eitzen of Wichita, Kansas; Staci (Sam) Brucks of Wichita, Kansas; Alicia Ensz of Warner Robins, Georgia; and Jasmine Ensz of Newton, Kansas; and one great granddaughter, Claire Eitzen. He is also survived by his brothers: Leo (Vonni) Ensz of Hot Springs.  Arkansas and Willie (Marilyn) Ensz of rural Hillsboro, Kansas; and sister-in-law, Bea Ensz of Topeka, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Vic. 

We thank everyone who has been in our life and for making our life worthwhile. God Bless.

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3 thoughts on “Norman Ensz

  1. To Dot and the Family of Norman, I would like to send my prayers and sincere sympathy. I have missed seeing Norm and Dot at our Company gatherings and talking to him about his bees and listening to some of the stories of the past. Norm will be greatly missed by us at Atmos Energy (Greeley Gas). You all have our prayers and thought.
    Pam Thompson

  2. In August 2000 my husband and I moved to Hillsboro with our two daughters ages 9 & 2. I still remember the oldest Vik asking about the house behind ours with all of these stacks of white boxes piled up. It didn’t take long to figure it out after we set up their little wading pool that seemed to attract every bee in town and seeing the alley neighbor in a strange outfit, those boxes were bee hives and he was a beekeeper!! That was how we met Norman!
    Over the years we got to know more about him such as his love of old beautiful Mustangs! Gorgeous cars, we’d see a red and blue one occasionally pulling out of the alley garage. We also learned that sometimes Norman needed a nap at strange times like the time he laid down on the roof of his garage. This had me panicked that he was hurt on that roof, but no he was just napping. Then suddenly he was gone and I met his really nice son-in-law across the alley.
    Last week, my husband was in the hospital for a few days. I noticed the room across from Stew was a older man and I heard someone say his name, Norman. So I asked if it was Norman Ensz and to my surprise it was. I knew I wanted to visit and say hi at least, but he was busy with the nurses that day and my husband was released. I vowed to come back to visit again and we left the hospital. It was Friday March 29.
    My heart broke when I saw that Norman passed away the very next day.
    R.I.P. my mustang loving beekeeper alley neighbor! Thank you for the honey and good memories!

  3. We got to know Dot and Norman when our daughter played baseball and other school events. One time we had bees in our house on the farm. He came out and got them and explained how he would get them back to town-zig zagging to get them confused. Luckily he got the queen. Never had bees again. What s sweet and wonderful man. He will be missed in this community. My heart goes about to the family. God bless you all.

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