Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

John F. Ensman

John F. Ensman, age 77, of Shelby, died Thursday, September 4, 2014 at his home.


John was born September 8, 1936 in Shelby, son of the late Fredrick and Frances (Spangler) Ensman. He was a 1954 graduate of Shelby High School. After 43 years of service, John retired from Copperweld in Shelby. He was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church where he had been on Parish Council, St. Mary School Board, and was a lay distributor. He was also a member of the Shelby Knights of Columbus. Sunday evening meals with his children and grandchildren were cherished moments in John’s life.


On June 28, 1958 John married Carol A. Heydinger at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in North Auburn and she survives. Also surviving are 6 children: Kurt Ensman of Galion and his children: Kendra, Kirsten, Kurt M. Ensman; Jeff (Jennifer) Ensman of Lebanon and their children: John G. and Joel Ensman; Kenneth (Julie Kay) Ensman of Shelby and their children: Andrew (Sierra) Ensman, Kayla (John) Roberts, Christopher (Mandy) Ensman, Sarah (Donald) Adkins, Erica (Tyler) Fairchild; Angee (Richard) Hostetler of Shelby and their children: Emma and Jared Mose Hostetler; Lisa (David) Hedrick of Norwalk and their children: Grady, Meghan, Davis, and Ryan Hedrick; Jody Ensman of Lexington, KY; 6 great grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 brothers: James (Bonnie) Ensman of Shelby, Norbert (Brenda) Ensman of SC; 2 sisters: Rosie (Paul) Yosick of Fairborn, Marg (Carl) Sifferlin of Shelby; 2 sisters-in-law: Marcella “Toots” Ensman of Shelby, Peggy Heydinger of Norwalk; 3 brothers-in-law: Edwin (Carrol) Heydinger of IN, Gerry (Cha Cha) Heydinger of CA, Herman (Lida) Heydinger of FL; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Frankie Ensman; 2 brothers: Alfred Ensman, Jerry Ensman; a brother-in-law: Tom Heydinger.


Family and friends are welcome on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where a wake service will be held at 8 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church, 29 West Street, Shelby with Fr. Jim Sanford officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Church or FISH of Shelby.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Ann Imhoff says:

    Carol and family
    So sorry for you loss. John was a great guy and will be missed. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  2. Louie & Brenda Stapleton says:

    You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. You have a wonderful family to share so many good memories about John. Praying that God’s strength will uphold you and His love will continue to surround you.


    Louie & Brenda

  3. Margie Hoover Earick says:

    Carol and family,
    So sorry for your loss. you all have my deepest sympathy and prayers….

  4. Len & Judy Hubbard says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jean Ann & Keith says:

    There is nothing better then family to get you through the next few days. When you talk about your dad, I am sure some things will bring a smile to your face, even tho your hearts are sad at this time. Just imagine what a glorious reunion there was in Heaven upon his arrival…..thinking about all of you and will keep you in our prayers.
    God bless each of you,
    Jean Ann & Keith

  6. Ed & Jean Russell says:

    Dear Ensman Family,

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. Know that John is now at peace and in a much better place. Prayers to you all.

  7. Wadley family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. John was an amazing man and he will be missed. Love to all of you.

  8. Nora (Walsh) Ludwig says:

    Lisa and Family~
    My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. I pray that God gives you peace and comfort.

  9. Courtney Ensman says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. John was a great man and loved by many. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Amy (Young) Miller says:

    Carol and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  11. Linda and Denny Burkett says:

    Our sincere sympathy to all the Ensman family. May your favorite memories help and sustain you in the days ahead. Love and Prayers

  12. Elaine & Dick Chapman says:

    So sorry to hear about your Dad, Ken. Know he’s at peace & now you have your own personal angel in Heaven to watch out for your family! God bless & may he reast in peace.

  13. Andrea Deweese & Family says:

    Our family is praying for you and your family nightly. We hope you find comfort and strength in each other and a peace that passes understanding from your Heavenly Father during this tough time. Phil 4:6-7

  14. Theon Downing says:

    John, you will be missed. I’ve enjoyed our talks the last 8 yrs. Best friend a neighbor could have.

  15. Wendy (McGuire) Bowling says:

    My thoughts and prayers for the Ensman family.

  16. Lynn and Cindy Wright says:

    We are saddened by the news of John’s passing. We send our prayers to Carol and all of the many Ensman family that we have met through Ken and Julie’s marriage. John was always gracious and kind to us on our visits to Shelby. He spoke so proudly of his wonderful family. We know you miss him and rejoice in the life he lived as a loving husband, father, grand father and great-grand father.

  17. Frank and Linda Hicks says:

    Our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  18. Mark and Michele Pickett says:

    Thinking of you all during this sad time. Sorry for your loss.

  19. Hobart and Eunice Kenton says:

    Carol and family, we were sorry to hear of John’s passing. We will be praying for you.

  20. Natalie Kehres says:


    My condolences to you and your family. May he rest in peace.

    Natalie Kehres

  21. Mary Ellen Distl says:

    Our condolences to you and your entire family, Carol.
    Mary Ellen & Ron Distl

  22. John & JoAnn Waldruff says:

    Carol and Family ~ we are saddened to hear of John’s passing and you have our sincere sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and prayers to find comfort in family, friends, and Our Lord. John & JoAnn

  23. Karen Kovatch-Master says:

    The world has lost a kind and gentle soul, but Heaven has gained an angel who will continue to smile on and watch over you. May the peace and love of God be with you all during this difficult time.

  24. Chris and Laura Minniear says:

    So sad to lose Uncle John. Our thoughts and prayers have been with the whole family. We are so sorry for your loss.

  25. Beth and Randy Terman says:

    So very sorry for you loss. Your family is in our prayers.

  26. Pam Sweeney says:

    Dear Carol and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, it is so sad but Bill and I have been
    blessed with 50 years almost of memories of John and your entire family , a
    true family man, someone I know Bill was proud to consider this second “dad”
    I always remember the babysitting days with the kids, and him sometimes coming home after work with this lunchbox and thermos in tow, his pride and
    care of his family, his home how proud he was, and the days he spent on his
    John Deere tractor. A man with a labor of love .
    God B less you all in our prayers and thoughts please cherish the memories
    you have we are forever by your side.

    God Bless Love, Pam and Bill

  27. Pam Fraley Lang says:

    Ensman Family,

    We are saddened to hear of John’s passing. Knowing he is fully healed brings comfort. John was a great husband and father. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time for your family.

    Love to all,
    Greg, Pam, Jacob, and Scott

  28. Glenda Brooks says:

    So sorry to hear about John. Thoughts and prayers are with his family. He always had kind words and a hello whenever you saw him. Be missed by many who knew him.

  29. Mindy Utz says:

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I’m truly sorry for your loss.

  30. Mac and Kara Dawson says:

    Mrs. Ensman – We are praying for you and your family. We will always remember the kindness you and Mr. Ensman showed to us during our college days and beyond.

  31. Linda, Glenda & Maggie says:

    Carol. Sorry to hear about John. We are away for the week so unable to attend funeral home. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  32. Kathy Johnson says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have been thinking about John wondering if he was sick because I haven’t seen him for a while. I was going to call last week, but ofcourse as you know never had the time. I wil always have fond memories of him. He was a really nice man and loved his family so much. He would always give us updates on his family. I will miss that.

  33. Mary Okuly says:

    “May you and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers not only through these difficult hours, but also in the days and weeks to come. With deepest sympathy.”

    Mary (Bill) Okuly
    Linda (Vern) Hahn
    Children of:
    Mathilda (Gerschutz) Okuly

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