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“Matt, Pat and Mike,Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. I hope that you all find peace and comfort in the memories that are being...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Dave Aspelmeier and Family - IA

“Matt, Pat, Mike, and Carol, My sympathies to all of you. I have fond memories of all of you. I was one of your babysitters so many many years ago...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Debbie Turley Schmidt - Ft Wayne, IN

“Carol, Matt, Pat, Mike, and Families, I'm so sorry to hear about John's passing. I will always remember the endless baseball games I got dragged to...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Julie Waterman - West Branch, IA

“Carol, Matt, Pat, and Mike, I am so sorry to hear about John passing. He will forever be in my childhood memories. I remember us playing countless...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Patterson Nichols - MN

“Prayers are with you and your family, Carol. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Sharon Pitzer Hunter - AZ

“Our condolences to your entire family. We will remember John as having a great smile, laugh and sense of humor. So glad you are having a...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Brad & Sylvia Bork - Mission, TX

“Matt, Pat, Mike, Carol and Families, Zach and I send our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. May God Bless you all! Lonna and Zach ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Lonna Blodgett and Zach Walgren - IA

“I am so sorry that you have lost your Father. We had so many memories with John and Carol. God Bless and with love, Fondly, Patti ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: patti scarff - mt. pleasant, IA

“Matt, Pat, Mike, and Carol, Sorry for your loss. I appreciate all the time that he spent coaching us in baseball. He made the game fun and was...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Kevin McGuire - Des Moines, IA

“Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Not only were we neighbors watching you boys grow up, watching you play sports and the success you...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Bob and Mary McLatchie - IA

“Carol, Matt, Pat, Mike, Some of my best memories as a young man involve your family and your father. John will be missed but the impact and...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Reese Strickland - Pleasant Hill, IA

“Carol, Matt, Pat, MikeI was sorry to hear of Johns passing. I have alot of good memories of him and I sharing some of your athletic achievments.He...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: KIM WHITON - MEDIAPOLIS, IA

“I have so many memories of Johnny ever since I was a little girl. I remember his smile, his sense of humor, his hospitality, and his wisdom. I...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Lori Liechty - Mt. Pleasant, IA

“Carol, Matt, Pat and Mike,Where do I begin..... The memories I have of John and all of you are unforgetable. It was always fun to come over to the...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Jodi Ertz - Mediapolis, IA

“We are very sorry to hear of John's passing Friday. Living up here in Des Moines I found out through my parents email Saturday. John will be missed...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Charles Gerst - Urbandale, IA

“Pat and Family, You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dad and friend to many. Sincerely, Sonja and Jerry Hopson ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Sonja and Jerry Hopson - IA

“Thanks for your valuable time and sharing of your knowledge while coaching my boys and many lucky other ones during baseball seasons. ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Ken Crews - Sperry, IA

“Carol, Matt, Pat, and Mike, I express my sympathy for your loss. I have spoken of John often throughout the years. Working with John and Stanley...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Jennings - Algona, IA

“I have many fond memories of you and your family from my youth John. You were a support and a big part of my growing up years in Mt. Pleasant. The...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Vickie Walgren Larson - Eagan, MN

“You will be missed dear John. You have brought our family so may good memories over the years. I pretty much grew up in your household during the...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Debbie Walgren Pickett - FL

John Edward Ensminger, 73, of Mediapolis, Iowa, died February 24, 2012.

He was born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, on December 9, 1938. He was the son of Homer Ensminger and Sarah Dougherty. John graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and was previously married to Carol Walgren.

He retired in 2007 after co-owning and operating the Wapello Valley Meat Locker and Wapello Foods grocery store for over three decades after beginning his career at Walgren's Foods in Mt. Pleasant in 1959. John was a member of the Iowa National Guard for sixteen years. He enjoyed golfing and fishing, and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Iowa Hawkeyes. John spent many years coaching his sons, officiating, and watching Mediapolis athletics.
John was survived by three children: Mathew (Sara), Patrick (Nicki), and Michael (Kristan) as well as ten grandchildren.
Per John's wishes there will be no funeral or visitation. Cremation has been accorded. His sons have decided to celebrate his life with a gathering at Mediapolis City Hall on March 7th from 5-7. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Mediapolis High School Athletic Department or Mediapolis Youth League.
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