Obituary: Willis A. “Bill” Ensign, Jr.


Lt. Col. Willis A. “Bill” Ensign, Jr., 84, beloved husband, father and son, passed away on March 24. He was born on March 28, 1932, in Buffalo, N.Y.

BIll was married for 63 years to his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Claire (Parmelee) of Eden, N.Y. He is survived by his loving wife and children; James (Hettie) Ensign, Blake (Toshiko) Ensign, Terry Ensign, Cynthia (Steve) Baney, and Deborah (Jeff) Sparks; and nine grandchildren, Kayla, Andrew “A.J.”, Christopher Ensign; Jonathan, Lauren and Claire Baney; Jackson and Joseph Sparks; and Kota Iseki. The Ensign family is especially grateful for his devoted caregiver, Verna Kennedy.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Willis Albert Ensign Sr. and Norma Winifred (Kraft) of Buffalo, N.Y., and by his son, Mark Willis Ensign.

Visitation is from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on April 7 at St. Marks Methodist Church, 4780 E 126th St., Carmel. Memorial services will be immediately following. Inurnment will be at a later date at Wheaton Cemetery in Wheaton, Ill.

Memorial contributions can be made to the White River MOAA Scholarship Fund, PO Box 404, Carmel, IN 46082-0404.