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Obituary for Richard Horace Ensign

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Richard Horace Ensign

October 2, 1930 - July 14, 2016

Richard Horace Ensign, formerly of Huntsville, returned to his Heavenly Father and loving wife, Kathryn, on July 14, 2016.

Richard was born on October 2, 1930 in Ogden, Utah, a son of Horace Samuel Ensign and Olive Mae Jones.  He was raised in Ogden and spent summers at the family cabin along the South Fork River near Causey Dam.  He attended Ogden High School and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.  He served in the Army Reserve 328th General Hospital Unit at Fort Douglas for eight years.

He married Kathryn Fay Jensen on March 14, 1957 in the Salt Lake Temple.  They spent 56 wonderful years together, first living in Riverdale and then settling in their beloved town of Huntsville.  Richard was a devoted caregiver to Kathryn before her passing in July of 2013.  He was a loving father and great example to their four children: Carol (Randy) Coleman of Riverdale, Darla (Robert) Taylor of Layton, Richard (Stephanie) Ensign of Kaysville and Douglas (Valerie) Ensign of West Haven.  He has twelve grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren who adore him.  Also surviving is his brother, Robert (Lila) Ensign of Reston, Virginia.

Richard worked as a pharmacist at his father’s drugstore, Ensign Drug, and became the owner when his father retired.  He was the Director of Pharmacy at McKay-Dee Hospital and later worked at the IHC Central Office.  While in his 50’s he earned a Master’s Degree from BYU.  He was on the Huntsville City Council and volunteered as a pharmacist at the Ogden Rescue Mission.

He was a faithful member of the L.D.S. church where he served in many callings including Bishop, Bishopric Counselor, High Counselor, Stake Young Men’s Counselor, Ward Executive Secretary, Stake Clerk, and Temple Worker.

Richard was exceptionally knowledgeable and dedicated to family history.  He and Kathryn served a full-time mission for the L.D.S. Church at the Salt Lake Family History Center.  He was subsequently an Associate Director of the Ogden Family History Center.  At the time of his passing, he was serving as a Family History Missionary by answering calls that were routed to his phone from individuals throughout the world needing assistance with Family Search.

Richard will be remembered for his service, quiet strength, kindness, and optimism.  He enjoyed reading and learning, fishing, computers, puzzles, and trains.  He was a man of great faith with an unwavering testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ray and John McFarland, and many friends and loved ones.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 20 at 11 a.m. at the Huntsville LDS 2nd ward, 277 S. 7400 E.  Viewings will be on Tuesday, July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street in Ogden, and July 20 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Huntsville church.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interment will take place at the Huntsville Cemetery.

The family expresses their appreciation to Carl Gray, M.D. and the staff at Utah Hematology and Oncology, Pine View Transitional Rehab, Mountain Ridge Assisted Living, and Ryan at IHC Hospice.





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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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There will be an addition viewing from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. prior to the Funeral Services at the church.

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

Huntsville L.D.S. 2nd Ward


277 S. 7400 E., , Huntsville, UT,

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Family will greet friends from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. prior to the Funeral Service.

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Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Huntsville City Cemetery


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Born: October 2, 1930
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Condolences for Richard Horace Ensign

Michele Doyle posted on 7/22/16

I am so sorry to hear about Elder Ensign's passing. He was a joy to work with in the mission field. I am sure he is having a joyful reunion with all of his family.


Beth Caldwell posted on 7/21/16

My Condolences to you and yours. It was always a joy to work with Elder Ensign in the mission field.


Ruth J. Clark posted on 7/20/16

Your parents were wonderful people. I have great respect and admiration for both of them and for your family. I remember each of you in school and thank you for good memories of the Ensign Family. To you, Doug, Richard, Carol, and Darla, I send my love and prayers for the sad time now, but your joy is in knowing what grand people your mom and dad were. May you be blessed in the days to come as you go forth in faith. Love from Mrs. Clark (Ruth J. Clark)


Arlene Kennington posted on 7/19/16

Brother Ensign and I shared responsibilities at the Ogden Regional History Center. I enjoyed my association of both him and his sweet wife. They are a wonderful couple. It's good for them to be together again even though they are missed here, especially by their good family. I am better knowing all of them.


Carol Christensen Stewart Fruit Heights, Utah posted on 7/19/16

To the family of Richard and Kathy--I grew up in Ogden two doors east of the Horace and Olive Ensign home on 28th Street. Richard and Bob were very good friends. Many memories of this wonderful family are a part of my life--never forgot the raisin cookies that Olive would make. We make them in our home today. Both Richard and Bob got the best traits of their father, Horace. My mother Vera Christensen was Ogden's first woman pharmacist. She would sometimes do relief work for Horace and Richard at Ensign drug. Richard will never be forgotten for his great smile, warm welcome, and kind neighbor that he was. Bob was also a great neighbor too. Two special brothers. How special they were to all of us. I lost my only brother Joe in 1998 after a liver transplant at Mayo Clinic. He was director of Bands at Iowa State for many years. Our other special neighbors, the McMurrin family have slipped away--one by one. Dr. Jim and Pat, then John who died about the same time as my brother, then the youngest Dr. Jimmy McMurrin who lived in Henderson, NV, and last December, my special friend, Marcia McMurrin Bowles in Florida. It has been so sad to have a parting with each of these dear people. Please carry on the wonderful Ensign family name. What a great example they have been in my life. A proud heritage for sure. My love and best wishes to all of you.


Pat Zanghi posted on 7/16/16

Dear Carol, Darla, Richard, Douglas and family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Dick. He was a great man and I loved him and Aunt Katherine. She and my Mom were very close so we visited often. He was always kind to me and made me comfortable when we were in your home. He will be greatly missed. I can see the family reunion in heaven with him there know. Love Pat Zanghi