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Ensz, Jacob K. (1902-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Mar 17 p. 5

Birth date: 1902 May 13

text of obituary:


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• Relatives at Inman received word that Jake K. Ensz, 63, formerly of the Inman community, died at Stapleton, Ga. on March 10. Funeral services were to be held Sunday at the Stapleton congregation of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Mr. Ensz served on the mission field in Mexico before moving to Stapleton about five years ago.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Apr 21 p. 8

text of obituary:


Jacob K. Ensz was born to Abraham G. and Margaret (Klassen) Ensz on May 13, 1902, near Inman, Kan. He passed away in the home near Stapleton, Ga. on March 10, 1966, reaching the age of 63 years, nine months and 27 days.

He grew to manhood and received his education at Inman, Kan. At the age of 16 years he felt his lost condition, repented of his sins and received forgiveness and peace in his heart. In December 1917 he was baptized by Elder Peter Baerg into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, to which he was faithful to the end.

He found his helpmeet in Margaret Hiebert. They were married March 1, 1925 at Hillsboro, Kan., sharing joys and sorrows for 41 years and nine days.

Soon after their marriage they established their home on a farm near Inman. During this time, because of a desire to be of use to his Master, he sought opportunities to tell of the love of Jesus to others. His kind and loving disposition and way of dealing with people won him many friends and gave him opportunities to witness in the community.

He was always keen to the call of God and the Church, as a worker in Sunday school, summer Bible school, and usher. Working with young people was his delight.

In 1944 after a public sale of personal belongings, he with his family moved to Mexico where he devoted seven and one-half years in the mission field. While in this work Trinidad Lopez came to make her home with us and has been as a daughter and sister in our home.

In 1955 we moved to Georgia where both of our sons lived at that time.

In 1963 he had his first heart attack and was hospitalized for one month, after which he regained reasonable health, being able to carry on his duties in a limited way. While burning some grass at home, which got out of control even with the help of friends and neighbors, he went to summon more help and while at the telephone suddenly passed away.

He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, Margaret; a daughter Geraldine of the home; Eldon and wife Beatrice of near Stapleton; Merle and wife Ethelyn of Harrison, Mich.; grandchildren, Marilee, David and Edward; five sisters, Miss Sarah Ensz, Mary, Mrs. I. W. Penner, and Justina, Mrs. A. L. Nikkel, all of Inman, Kan., Margaret, Mrs. Henry G. Hiebert, and Helen, Mrs. Albert Hiebert, both of Hillsboro, Kan.; brothers George, Isaac, Henry and John, all of Inman, Kan., and Peter of Moundridge, Kan.

Preceding him in death were an infant grandson; his parents; two brothers, Dietrich and Abraham; and two sisters, Katherine and Anna.

Funeral services were held in the Pine Crest Church, Louisville, Ga., March 13, 1966. In the home two comforting hymns were sung and Min. Maynard Peters spoke from John 14. At the church Min. Reno Hibner made opening remarks from Psalm 90 and led in prayer. Min Francis Peters, McDavid, Fla., spoke from Heb. 9:27; Ecl. 9: 11, 12 and Matt. 24:42-44. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. — The Family.

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