John Francis Ennis

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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.

Donations may be made to a local charity of your choice.


  • Rosary and Memorial Service Friday, December 21, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, December 22, 2012

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Steve Bogoff

December 21, 2012

Chris, your dad was a good man and you were lucky to have him as a father.

December 14, 2012

Though's and Prayers to the Ennis family.

The Clemens Family

John Strode

December 14, 2012

Jack Ennis was a good man and engineer. Everyone liked him.

I met him in September, 1957, my first summer with the California Division of Highways.

He was always fun to be with at the Caltrans District Office when we would have our "Retiree Third Monday of the Month" morning coffee break.

John Strode

Roger W Pierce

December 13, 2012

Jack was a kind, gentleman. Jack and Angela raised four wonderful boys, in a very active household. I will remember Jack fondly.

Brian Carr

December 13, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ennis family at this time. What a year!


Bob and Jeanne Gosney

December 12, 2012

Even though we left Redding 28 years ago, we always felt Jack and Angie were close, dear friends. Their passing leaves a large empty space in many lives.

Robert Quist

December 12, 2012

Tim-- I'm sorry to hear of your father's death. If his children are any measure of your dad's success in life, then he was indeed a good man.

Crystal & Pat Gerard

December 12, 2012

Jack was a great man. As was Angela a great woman. They took our children on as grandchildren. Jack taught my boys that hard work pays off. When Angela went on her trips around the world she would bring my children a little something. They loved watching my white kittys playing in their backyard. Thanks for being the best neighbors we could ask for. Enjoy your eternal life together. You are both missed. RIP.

Susan Bryant

December 12, 2012

Condolences to the Ennis family.