By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
5:39 PM EST, February 19, 2013
William C. Ensor Jr., a retired estate manager and decorated World War II veteran, died Feb. 13 of heart failure at Lorien Mays Chapel. He was 91.
The son of farmers, William Clark Ensor Jr. was born in Monkton and later moved with his family to Ruxton, where his father farmed in what is now the Four Winds neighborhood.
Mr. Ensor attended Towson High School and enlisted in the Army in 1943, where he served with the 78th Infantry "Lightning" Division in the European theater.
Mr. Ensor took part in the Battle of the Bulge and in the capture, intact, of the strategically important Schwammenauel Dam that spanned the Roer River.
Mr. Ensor, who had been a squad leader, was awarded the Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters for heroic and meritorious service. His division was also awarded a Presidential Unit Citation.
"There was a member of his squad who was wounded, and under machine-gun fire, he raced out and rescued him and carried him for more than a hundred yards," said his son, William C. Ensor III of Phoenix, Baltimore County.
Mr. Ensor was estate manager for 44 years of Worthington Farms in Glyndon. After his 1990 retirement, he moved to Chestertown. Since 2012, he had lived at Emeritus of Towson on North Charles Street.
He was a member of the Chestertown American Legion Post and Charity Lodge No. 134 in Parkton.
He was an avid collector and restorer of vintage tractors and trucks. He had also been an active member of the Maryland Steam Historical Society, and enjoyed bowling and golfing.
His wife of 67 years, the former Jessie Elizabeth Gill, died in 2012.
Mr. Ensor was a longtime member of Falls Road United Methodist Church, 15335 Falls Road, Sparks, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.
In addition to his son, Mr. Ensor is survived by three grandchildren and six great-grandsons.
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