Mason City Globe-Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
June 1, 2003
OBITUARY - EUGENE D. ENABNIT
NORA SPRINGS — Eugene D. ENABNIT, 80, of Marshalltown and formerly of Nora Springs, died Thursday [May 29, 2003] at the
Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.
His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church, 1807 S. Kentucky Ave., Mason City, with the
Rev. Miles GRISMORE officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Monday at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City,
and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the Gene ENABNIT Memorial Fund, 19316 Yucca Ave., Nora Springs, IA 50458.
Gene was born March 23, 1923, in Meservey, Iowa, a son of David Edward and Doris Olive (HANKS) ENABNIT. He attended school
in both Meservey and Clear Lake.
Gene was united in marriage to June J. MARTIN on April 19, 1942, at St. James Lutheran Church in Mason City.
He was inducted into the United States Army and completed his education during ICC camp. Gene served in General PATTON'S
Third Army in both France and Germany during World War II, and was wounded in action. He operated as a military observer
behind occupied enemy lines, using radio communication to report back to his unit.
After his honorable discharge, he returned to the North Iowa area to own and operate Gene ENABNIT Trucking for nearly 30
years. During this time, he also worked at the sugar beet plant in Mason City for nearly 10 years. Gene also farmed near
Hanlontown, Mason City and Nora Springs for 13 years.
The couple moved to Redding, Iowa, in 1974 and then Gene returned to Nora Springs to live with his son and daughter-in-law
in 1999. He moved to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown in 2000 due to failing health.
Gene had a passion for music, learning to play the harmonica at age 4 and playing the organ and piano by ear for many
years. He played in several bands across southern Iowa and enjoyed entertaining the residents of the Veterans Home with
Gene loved animals, raising cattle and goats on his farms and training horses and dogs for many years. He was a very
faithful and giving person who received a State of Iowa Volunteer Award from Gov. Terry BRANSTAD in 1990.
Eugene is survived by three daughters, Karen RUTER of Mason City, Pam (Tom) ROSE of Mason City and Connie (Dennis) Van
NICE of Midland, Texas; two sons, Roger (JoAnn) ENABNIT of Nora Springs and Marty (Sarah) ENABNIT of Manly; 11
grandchildren, Terri LEIKMAN, Kris ALSUP, Gene DAHLEN, Patty DAHLEN, Scott ROSE, Jeff ROSE, Wendy ROSE, Michelle
YOUNGER, Donovan VanNICE, Daniel VanNICE and Melanie PATTON; 18 great-grandchildren, Trevor LEIKMAN, Chelsie MacILRATH,
Brandon MacILRATH, Rachel ALSUP, Jacob ROSE, Joshua ROSE, Alyssa ROSE, Laura ROSE, Cody ROSE, Jordan ROSE, Gary WINTERS,
Amber WINTERS, Alaina YOUNGER, Maya YOUNGER, Kelsee NORTON, Abbie VanNICE, Issac SRUBAR and Kaitlyn VanNICE; one sister,
Ruth ENABNIT-JUHL of Mason City; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Rosemary; a brother, Everett ENABNIT, and a sister, Rachel
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, (641) 423-2372.
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