Victor Lee Ensz 1927 - 2011 Lawrence

Paid family tribute

Victor Lee Ensz, 83, former resident of Wichita and for the past 17 years a resident of Topeka, passed away peacefully on Jan. 21, 2011. He was a resident at Brandon Woods at Alvamar from July 2010 to January 2011. In his final days, Victor received loving care by his family and the staff at the Midland Care Hospice House.
Victor was born June 9, 1927 in Inman, Kansas to the parents of Abraham “Fred” D. and Margaret (Nikkel) Ensz. He attended a country elementary school in Inman and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1945.
Vic married Berniece J. Balzer on August 30, 1952 at the Hillsboro Evangelical Church. Vic served in the Navy during WWII. He retired from Southwestern Bell in 1983 after 38 years of service. During retirement he enjoyed traveling and camping with his wife. They spent 13 winters in Arizona with Bell retirees.
He was a charter member of American Legion Post 366 of Hillsboro, member of VFW Post 1650 Topeka, Telephone Pioneers, Communications Workers of America and the First United Methodist Church of Topeka. Vic is survived by his wife, Berniece, of the home and daughters Senator Vicki L. (Dr. Michael) Schmidt of Topeka and Debbie E. (Dr. Kenneth) Mishler of Lawrence. He was a loving grandfather and best friend to five grandchildren, Jonathan M. Schmidt of Chicago, IL; Tyler L. (Lindsey) Schmidt of Minneapolis, MN; Keaton A. Mishler of Kansas City, KS; Kelsi R. Mishler of Pratt, KS; Kara L. Mishler of Lawrence. Victor is survived by three brothers, Norman (Dorothy) Ensz of Hillsboro, Leo (Vonni) Ensz of Hot Springs, AR, Willis (Marilyn) Ensz of Hillsboro.
Services will be held at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church on January 24, at 10:00AM under the direction of Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service.
For the past six years Victor was a participant in a clinical research program with the Kansas University Medical Center’s Alzheimer and Memory Program directed by Dr. Jeffrey Burns. Vic requested that his brain be donated to the KU Brain Aging Research program to further the knowledge of this devastating disease.
Victor’s laugh and gentle soul will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing this loving man. Memorials may be made to the KU Alzheimer and Memory Program, care of the KU Endowment, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160 and note “Dr. Burns’ Alzheimer’s Development Fund” in the notation area, or to the Midland Care Hospice Services, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606.

This information was provided to the Journal-World as a paid tribute.