Ted Ensley Obituary, Death – Sadly, Ted Ensley, who had previously worked his political magic as a Shawnee County Commissioner, has gone away. Tim Laurent, who is the director of Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, was the one who provided the confirmation that Ensley had left on Thursday evening. Ensley was the first person to hold the position of parks and recreation superintendent for the county, which he was employed for in 1961 and continued to hold for the following 31 years after that.
Through the process of election in the year 1996, he was able to get a position on the Shawnee County Commission. In addition to his work as the state’s Secretary of Wildlife and Parks, he has spent the last 16 years serving on the commission. Prior to that, he was in charge of both of those departments. Following Ensley’s departure from his post on the Shawnee County Commission, the state legislature unanimously approved a resolution honoring and thanking him for his service in the position.
At a ceremony held in October 2021, Ensley was honored for his significant contribution to the formation of Lake Shawnee, which was largely attributed by county officials as having been largely sculpted by Ensley. Ted Ensley Gardens is the name that has been given to the gardens that are located on the western edge of the lake in his honor. Ensley was inducted into the Kansas Parks and Recreation Hall of Fame in 2004 as a result of the recognition that he received from the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association for his services to the parks and recreation industry in the state of Kansas. The only person he leaves behind is Elma, his wife of 66 years at the time of his passing. They are the proud parents of three young children.