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Paul Irvin Enns


08/10/1917 - 12/19/2013 Obituary
Paul Irvin Enns Obituary
Paul Enns was born August 10, 1917, in Reedley, CA, and passed away peacefully in his ranch home located west of Bakersfield on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Paul was married to Elnor Frances Schierlman, whom he met while attending Shafter High School, on June 14, 1941, and celebrated 70 years of marriage together, prior to Elnor's passing on December 14, 2011. Paul served in the United States Army during World War II, first stationed at Fort Ord, CA, and later at Fort Crook, NE, where he rose to the rank of Captain. At the conclusion of the war, Paul and Elnor returned to Bakersfield to join Elnor's parents in a partnership southwest of Rio Bravo School, where they farmed a variety of crops and operated a sizeable cattle feedlot operation.
Paul served the community by participating as a Trustee for 23 years on the Rio Bravo Union School District Board, during which time he handed all seven of his children their graduation diplomas. In 1959, after Paul observed a dramatic decline in underground water levels, he helped found the Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District, serving as president for 24 years prior to his retirement from the board. Paul also served as a director for 8 years with the Bakersfield Production Credit Association, after which he served on the 11th Farm Credit District Board, providing governance in the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Hawaii. After serving 18 years on the District Board, Paul was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to join the Federal Farm Credit Board, which provided national policy oversight for the entire Farm Credit System. Paul was also a member of the North Bakersfield Rotary Club for many years, serving as president during the year Rotary held their international meeting in Sydney, Australia, where about 15,000 Rotarians representing 153 countries attended. Paul's life of service to both his country and community took precedence over his interest in farming, primarily due to his desire to work for the benefit of everyone. The leadership he exemplified served to inspire others to develop long-term solutions to the challenging problems of the time. For example, he promoted the utilization of water recharge basins to facilitate replenishment of natural underground aquifers for water storage, a practice now commonly known as water banking. To sum up Paul's life in a few words, you might say that he left the world a better place than he found it.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Elnor Frances; infant son, James Dennis; and daughter-in-law, Marilynn (McCrae) Enns. He is survived by his son, Roger of Santa Barbara; son, Robert and wife, Lynn of Cayucos; son, Phil of Cayucos; daughter, Carol and husband, Don Nikkel of Visalia; son, Richard and wife, Bonnie of Bakersfield; son, Carl and wife, Kelly of Bakersfield; and daughter, Janice of Los Osos. Grandchildren include: Kim, Uli, Christian, Christopher, Nicholas, Meredith, Alisha, Morgan, Jon Paul, Summer, and Sawyer. Great-grandchildren include: Mason, Sophie, Max, Ethan, Eleanor, Henry, Rowan, and Rio.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to Agape In Home Care for the dedicated service provided. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Olive Drive Church, 5500 Olive Dr., with interment to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 E. Bear Mtn. Blvd. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Olive Drive Church, 5500 Olive Drive, Bakersfield, 93308 or any charity organization of your choice. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com.
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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2014
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