Leonard R. Ennis, fondly known as “Bub”, suddenly left this life the morning of Friday, April 15, 2016. Bub was a dedicated and loving family man. He has always been a caring, diligent, hard-working, generous person while always being the pillar of strength handling many tasks with ease. Bub wore many hats in his full and zestful life.
He loved his career as a marketing director for Hamlin Construction and Development Company and a realtor with Century 21; many friendships and bonds were cultivated there. While a young man still in high school, he worked for Sharbono Construction where he acquired skills and went on to build many personal homes with his father. He continued to gain experience as a young man building a few more personal homes with his family team, working a full time day job and raising a family. Some of his jobs throughout this period were Hanson’s Hardware, Safeway, Power Townsend, and working for Helena Regional Airport as crash & fire rescue, a security guard and maintenance. He went on to Jack’s Ace Hardware, and then Jerry Hamlin hired him on as a carpenter. When his back started wearing out Jerry had Bub working in the office; the rest was history as Jerry, Pat and Bub continue to work together as a team. The company grew and changed with all the seasons of life and still thrives.
A businessman and friend to many, Bub always had time for his family. He always made time in his busy schedule for awesome hunting, camping and fishing trips. He planned and enjoyed numerous vacations, hobbies and motorcycle rides on his Goldwing; some of his favorites were Sturgis Bike Week, Hawaii, Australia, Canadian hunting and numerous turkey and goose hunts. He enjoyed camping with family at local lakes and campgrounds. He earned his private pilot’s license as a young man and always loved small airplanes. He built many model airplanes and recently enjoyed flying the remote controlled varieties with close family members. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and puttering around in his garage as well. Golf was also a fun pastime for Bub until his back problems made him set his clubs aside. He also helped coach his son’s baseball team and spent many hours watching and supporting his children’s many interests. All of these things Bub did with his high school sweetheart bride, Deborah Hultin, by his side.
Bub married Deborah in April 29th of 1977. They had a beautiful daughter, Amanda, in 1982 and 18 months later their son, Jesse, made their family complete. Bub and Deborah always had a family dog and enjoyed many other pets from time to time. He had the ability to juggle many interests and always accomplished the goals he set for himself. His heart of gold stopped beating on Friday and said it is time to rest.
Surviving Bub is his wife Deborah; daughter, Amanda Gohn (Jason); son, Jesse Ennis (Katie); granddaughter, Jasmyn Johnson; father, Ralph Ennis (Sharon); mother Lois Ennis; sister, Iris Nelson and her children Paul Nelson (Laila), Erika Nelson, Scott Nelson, and Robert Nelson (Michelle); father in-law, and mother in-law, Davey and Virginia Hultin; brother in-law and sister in-law, Richard and Lori Hultin; nephew, Ryan Hultin (Heidi); niece, Amber Hultin (Robin ); and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Bub will be greatly missed by the Hamlin Construction family and all who knew him.