|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1911|
|Death: ||Jun. 23, 1987|
***My Beloved Uncle***
Ivan married DOROTHYBELLE IRELAND, 20 Jul, 1938, Goodland, Sherman County, KS. To this union, 3 children were born: One living. A daughter, MARY LOU, died not long after birth. She was born 14 Jun, 1943, died 15 Jun, 1943, Greeley, Weld County, CO. Ivan and Dorothybelle made their home in BIllings, Montana, for many years.
Ivan graduated from high school in Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska, and then moved to Colorado. He retired in 1969 as assistant superintendent after working more than 40 years with Great Western Sugar Company in plants in Nebraska and Colorado before coming to the Billings plant. Mrs. Enwall also worked in GW plants in Colorado. She was a teacher before she was married, and returned to teaching after moving to Billings. Mrs. Enwall taught Spanish at Billings West High School from 1961 to 1974.
"I was there with the first senior class," she said.
The following is paraphrased from the Billings Montana Gazette, 1987, by their niece, Gwen Lockwood.
"Mr. and Mrs. Good Sam, the anonymous good Samaritan couple who have been helping needy children in Billings schools for almost 10 years, have agreed to reveal their identity.
They are Ivan and Dorthybelle Enwall.
During each school year, the Enwall's send $40 of their monthly social security check to an elementary-school principal who takes needy children shopping for clothes, especially shoes. When the Gazette learned about the Enwall's charity in 1985, the couple agreed to be interviewed but insisted that their names not be used because he and his wife were not helping children for the publicity. Because they made their donations anonymously, and to school officials, they were not able to deduct them from their taxes.
Mr. Enwall said he started giving money to the schools because he could remember being ashamed of the shabby clothes he wore to school. During his childhood, he painted his legs black with shoe polish so the holes in his socks were less-noticeable. School principals who spent snowy winter afternoons helping children shop for shoes and clothes with Enwall's donations said the tears of joy in the youngster's eyes were testimony to Enwall's generosity. One child was taken shopping for shoes in the middle of winter after receiving a check from Good Sam. The boy had been wearing tennis shoes with most of the soles missing. Even the bottoms of his socks were worn, and part of his feet were exposed while walking in the snow. After buying new shoes, the boy was extremely happy.
The Enwall's finally agreed to make their names public because they thought this might help them in their latest project. They cashed in a high-dividend utilities stock for $6,000 and is establishing a fund for needy children. Interest from the money will be sent monthly to principals just as the Enwall's now send a monthly check. Mr. Enwall said the interest on $6,000 will be less than what he is giving now, so he wants other people to give to the fund so more interest can be earned for the children."
Ivan Enwall died the day after he and his wife Dorthybelle revealed publicly that they were the Good Samaritans who had helped needy children in Billings.
Ivan had 10 brothers and sisters: Hazel Faye, Osa Mae, Franklin Leroy, Louis Emerson, Edson Woodrow, Lester Lloyd, Charles (Chuck) Jr., Gilbert Dale, Betty Marie, and, Shirley Lee.
Ivan is on the right in the photograph. His brother Lester Enwall is on the left, and his brother Chuck Enwall is in the center.
Charles Leroy Enwall (1875 - 1951)
Harriet Mae Magner Enwall (1884 - 1954)
Dorothybelle Ireland Enwall (1913 - 2003)*
Eric Lee Enwall (1940 - 2010)*
Hazel Faye Enwall Roberts (1905 - 1968)*
Osa Mae Enwall Lockwood (1907 - 1993)*
Franklin Leroy Enwall (1909 - 1972)*
Ivan Edward Enwall (1911 - 1987)
Louis Emerson Enwall (1912 - 1914)*
Edson Woodrow Enwall (1915 - 1993)*
Lester Lloyd Enwall (1917 - 1964)*
Charles Leroy Enwall (1919 - 1971)*
Gilbert Dale Enwall (1921 - 1937)*
Betty Marie Enwall Emerson (1924 - 2004)*
Shirley Lee Enwall Adcock (1926 - 1996)*
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Gwen Lockwood
Record added: Apr 23, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8668757