Douglas resident Herbert Willie Enns, 71, died April 21, 2003, of pancreatic cancer at his home in Douglas.
He was born on Sept. 26, 1931, at his parents' farm home in Meade County, Kansas. He attended Rural Sunrise Elementary School and the Meade Bible Academy and earned a college degree from Grace University and Wesleyan Methodist University in Lincoln, Neb., in 1954. Further schooling took place at Fuller Theological Seminary, Melody Land and Kenneth Hagen Ministries. In the mid-1950s he moved to the West Coast and became involved in building homes, specializing in the drywall trade.
His 1991 marriage to Mary Huffman lasted five years. In 1992, his son, Andrew Michael, was born. In 1998, Herb and Andrew moved to Eagle River, Alaska, where Herb joined St. John's Orthodox Church, "a community of believers." In 2002, Herb and Andrew moved to Douglas, Alaska, so that Andrew could be near both his mom and dad. Herb attended St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Juneau.
In his last years of life, Herb volunteered time in building projects for St. John Orthodox Church in Eagle River and for St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Juneau.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Abraham J. and Susie Enns; his brothers, Frank Enns and Leonard Enns; and his sister, Leona Entz.
He is survived by his son, Andrew; two brothers, Richard Enns of Wichita, Kan., and Art Enns of Worth, Ill.; sisters, Jane Thielenhaus of Akron, Ohio, Ruby Enns of Meade, Kan., Edna Entz of Newton, Kan., and Caroline Fransen of Hesston, Kan., as well as a host of nieces and nephews and their families, friends and relatives from many places.
His family said, "Wherever he went he was involved in some kind of Christian ministries. He had a gift of encouragement and love for people that made each one feel special and loved. He had a zest for life, a sense of adventure and a daring spirit that took him many places."
Funeral services were held in Eagle River on Thursday, April 24, at St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church. The officiating minister was Father Marc Dunaway. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
A local reception will be held at Herb's home at 1012 Second St., Douglas, on Saturday, April 26, from 3-5 p.m. A memorial service will be held in early August at Grace Community Church in Newton, Kan.
In lieu of flowers, well-wishers may make a donation to Andrew's education in care of his mother, Mary Jensen, at 1012 Second St., Douglas, AK 99824.