NEOSHO, Mo. —
Allan Ensor, age 91, of Neosho, Mo., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Taylor, Md.
He married Betty Wallace Ensor on Aug. 26 1995, and she survives at their home in Neosho.
He is also survived by three sons, Allan Ensor II and his wife, Tami, of Columbia, Mo., Robert Ensor and his fiancé, Rebecca Luebber, of Joplin, and Terry Ensor and his wife, Leah Wilder, of Parkville, Mo.; three grandchildren, Quentyn Ensor and Julie Ensor, of Joplin, and Alice Ensor, of Vienna, Austria; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two step children, Mike Guest and his wife, Carol, of Neosho, and Sharon Daugherty and her husband, Steve, of Neosho. Five step grandchildren also survive him, Jag Beveridge, of Irvine, Calif., Channing Beveridge, of Busan, South Korea, Dakota Beveridge, of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, April Hoover and Carson Guest, both of Neosho. His mother, Helen McComas; his brothers, Benjamin Ensor and Stanley Ensor; and one sister, Dorothy Grafton, preceded him in death. One sister, Emily Walker, of Homosassa, Fla., survives him.
Allan was defined by his naval experience in World War II. He joined prior to the war and was assigned to the light cruiser USS Nashville. When the war started, he quickly saw action as a part of Task Force 16, which was instrumental in the success of the Doolittle Raid. His ship participated in the Aleutian Operations, the defense of Guadalcanal, the raids on Marcus and Wake Islands and numerous operations in New Guinea and Hollandia. Prior to the invasion of the Philippines he was reassigned to San Diego, to train assault craft crews for the invasion of Japan.
In 1944, Allan married Clara Hayden Ensor, of Carl Junction, Mo. She preceded him in death June 15, 1997.
After the war he received training as linotype operator and worked in composing room of the Joplin Globe until the early 1960s. At that time he became a full time recruiter for the Naval Reserve Center in Joplin. During his tenure he received several awards for excellence in recruiting. He continued in that role until his retirement in 1979, as a Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate with 37 years of service. Following his retirement he worked for the Joplin Housing Authority and attended Crowder College. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin, and the Fleet Reserve Association. Allan also served the Carl Junction community as a councilman, member of the volunteer fire department and Scoutmaster for Troop 70. He loved the out of doors and spent countless hours cutting wood and manicuring his 20 acres.
Visitation will be at Mason-Woodard Chapel from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Mason-Woodard Chapel, followed by burial, with military honors, in the Carl Junction Cemetery. Rev. Dave Burgess, of First Presbyterian Church, will officiate.
The family request that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Habitat for Humanity.
Online condolences may be made at www.masonwoodard.com