John Francis Ennis, of Redding, California, passed away at home on December 4, 2012 due to natural causes.
Known as Jack, he was born December 17, 1919 in San Jose, California to John and Fannie (McClintock) Ennis, and grew up with them on their ranch near Cedarville, in Modoc County, California. He graduated from Suprise Valley High School at the age of 16, worked for the United States Postal Service and Bank Of America, and earned his airplane pilot's license before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1941. He served as a radio operator onboard the USS President Adams in the South
Pacific during War II, including the Battle of Guadalcanal. After the war, he earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Santa Clara and returned to Modoc County and Cedarville. In 1952, he met and married Angela Cooke of San Francisco, California, and they eventually moved to Redding to raise their family.
Jack made his career with the California Division of Highways (now Caltrans), coordinating road design with local cities and counties, ultimately landing his dream job as Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, and retiring in 1981. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, he was active at St. Joseph Catholic Church and served the parish in many capacities. He was also active in the greater community; as a Boy Scout scoutmaster, as a youth baseball coach, and as a volunteer at the food bank. An accomplished public speaker and humorist, he was a member of the local chapter of Toastmasters International. He was a longtime member and volunteer with both the Whiskeytown Sailing Club and the Shasta Wheelmen bicycle club, riding his bike beyond the age of 90, and continuing to volunteer after that time.
He was preceded in death by Angela, his wife of 60 years, and earlier by his sisters; Mrs. Emma Fogalsang of Colusa, California and Mrs. Carmen Schlatter of Wyckoff, New Jersey. He is survived by his son Tim Ennis and daughter-in-law Kathy Brock of Portland, Oregon; son Tom Ennis, daughter-in-law Donna Ennis and granddaughters Meridith Ennis and Colleen Ennis of Carmichael, California; son Chris Ennis and daughter-in-law Lisa Ennis of San Francisco, California; and son Ted Ennis, daughter-in-law Nancy Steel and granddaughter Alyson Ennis of Placerville, California.
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