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In Memoriam: Gregory Enns (Feb. 25, 1953 – Oct. 10, 2021)

Gregory Allen Enns was born Feb. 25, 1953 in Eugene, Oregon to Alfred Enns and Phyllis Estelle Stanley Enns. 

The family would move to Albany, Oregon where Greg would go on to graduate from Albany High School with the class of 1971. Greg enlisted in the US Army after graduation and served
in Vietnam. 

He later attended George Fox College where he met Sara “Sally” Voth. The two were married on March 6, 1976 in Newberg, Oregon.

Greg received his bachelor’s degree from George Fox College in 1978 and later his master’s in counseling and clinical psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary, Case Western Reserve, and Cleveland Psychiatric Institute in Ohio. He would use his degree in many different facets throughout his life – most of which helped others.

He worked initially as a funeral director apprentice, where he could help people in grief. Later, he found a calling as a youth pastor at Newberg Friends Church. Additionally, he worked with youth at Astoria Public Schools, Hillcrest and Oregon Youth Authority and Juvenile Justice Information System. He also was director of a counseling center and spent many years as a counselor and life coach. Greg became an author and speaker. He co-authored a book It’s Not Okay Anymore which was a personal guide to ending abuse, the curriculum that accompanied it and the book Better Boundaries: Owning and Treasuring Your Life. Greg was always passionate about others and his book allowed him to continue helping others.

In his spare time, he enjoyed reading, music, drawing and being with people. Greg was a loving husband, father, uncle and grandfather and was known for being loving and caring to all. He was always humorous, generous, and fun loving. He was known for his huge winsome smile. During the Christmas season, he was known as “Santa” by his grandchildren with his big white beard, deep laugh, and twinkling eyes. He also played pirates with them as well. He was a member of Silverton Friends Church for the last 20+ years.

On Oct. 10, 2021, Gregory passed away surrounded by family at home in Silverton, Oregon from Parkinson’s disease. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Alfred and Phyllis; and sister Elaine. He is survived by his loving wife Sally; children, Corban (Lauren) Enns and Hannah (Justin) Meisenheimer; grandchildren, Cooper Gregory and Anna Caroline; and siblings Gordon Enns and (Robin Eichenberg), Dorothy Bell, Greg Bell and Terry, his step family.

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