Obituaries detail

John Edward Sens
Jan 17,1948---Jun 21,2019

John Edward Sens, husband, brother, and step-father, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019. He is survived by his wife Maria Sens (Montelongo), his sister Janet Unruh (Sens), and two step-children, Vanessa and Matthew Montelongo. Maria and Janet were with him during his final moments.


Born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on January 17, 1948 John spent most of his childhood in Great Bend, Kansas.


John joined the Navy after graduating from Great Bend High School in 1966. He served 4 years during the Vietnam war and was honorably discharged in 1970.


John was employed by Ruskin Dampers and Louvers for 47 years semi-retiring in 2012 as National Architectural Sales Manager and fully retiring in 2019. During that time John made many friends in the Air Control industry where his commitment and dedication was respected by all.


John will be deeply missed by his family and friends, each of whom can testify to the unique way that he brought joy into their lives. Loyal and loving, John was most often found on the golf course or with a fishing rod in hand. He frequently spent his evenings entertaining his neighbors around the cul-de-sac with tales of his “wild” youth, slightly off-color jokes, and vodka and cranberry cocktails made just right.


Generous and kind, John was quick to offer a helping hand to anyone in need. He and Maria created a loving home, which was frequently filled with guests - and cats. To his step children, whom he met far too late in life, he was a constant source of support. An unexpected father figure who provided them with encouragement and most important, love.


John will be remembered for how he lived - with a smile on his face, a baseball cap on his head, loving life and all those around him.


There will be a graveside service at the Higginsville Veterans Cemetery, 20129 Business Hwy 13, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm. A Celebration of Life will follow from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the VFW  Hall, 329 SE Douglas St., Lee's Summit, MO.   In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s honor may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Diabetes Association.


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Graveside Service
Higginsville Veterans Cemetery
20129 Business Hwy 13
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Date of Service:
Jul 16 ,2019
Time of Service:
3:00 pm
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Celebration of Life
VFW Hall
329 SE Douglas St.
Lee's Summit
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Date of Service:
Jul 16 ,2019
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5:00 pm
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A Celebration of Life will follow from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the VFW  Hall, 329 SE Douglas St., Lee's Summit, MO. 

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Steve and Kristy Mizener Jun 24 ,2019

Friend and neighbor ,Lee's Summit, MO ,Missouri

John will be sadly missed by our family. To know John was to love John. He was kind and full of love. He was the best neighbor. There when you needed him and always offering his advice.He was funny and a good pal to our son Eric, even when Eric was small. I am so glad he found Maria because he deserved a good one. We will remember him fondly and always keep him in our hearts.

Charlie Black Jun 25 ,2019

Friend and Colleague ,Grandview ,Missouri

I feel so lucky to have known John. He inspired me through his stories, his work-ethic, his passion for helping others, and his general enthusiasm for friends, family, and living life to its fullest. John talked about his family a lot. My heart is with you during this difficult time.

Stephen White Jun 25 ,2019

Friend ,Missouri

Marie and Janet, I will always remember the many fishing and golf trips that John and I had together the past 30 years. I especially enjoyed the stories he told growing up in Great Bend and his time in the Navy. John was like having a big brother.

Chris & Cindy Schartz Jun 26 ,2019

Life Long Friends ,Lee's Summit ,Missouri

Maria, Janet, Vanessa, Matthew Cindy and I enjoyed John’s friendship since 1973 in Great Bend, KS. We have countless memories of being with him that make us smile. Working with him, playing golf, fishing or meeting with friends for a beer & a burger always including plenty of stories of fun times we enjoyed together. It has been a gas! We were fortunate to enjoy John for 46 years. Wish we could do it all over again. Our hearts ache with you. He was mighty fine friend!

Tiffany Wright Jun 26 ,2019

Friend and Colleague ,Blue Springs ,Missouri

What an amazing human being John was! He was always so upbeat and helpful, and as someone who always had questions, I appreciated his mentorship. He will be greatly missed. Sending my heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

Rod Peal Jun 26 ,2019

Friend, co-worker ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I didn't know John that long. I started working with him in dec 2017. He was one of the first at Ruskin to strike up a friendly conversation with me. He always greeted me with a smile and had something happy or funny to relate when we passed each other during the workday. His jovial nature was a noted attribute to working here and will be dearly missed.

Rusty Sevart Jun 26 ,2019

Friend / Co-Worker ,Belton ,Missouri

Marie and Janet my heartfelt condolences are with you and your family. John and I have worked together at Ruskin for 46 years and have shared many enjoyable and humorous times and conversation together. John was a role model employee and friend that all can and many have learned to model from. He shall always be remembered for his positive, can do and humorous attitude to work through some of the not so good work situations while winning over both the customer and subordinate employee’s confidence and respect for the person he was. Many of us who knew and spent time with John will carry him with us in our days ahead as we use the wisdom and talents that he passed on to us through his role model and friendship we shared. John will be dearly missed by all but are blessed to have our lives touched by his. Well Done my Friend! I plan to see you again.

Jim Lamm Jun 27 ,2019

Friend and co-worker ,Overland Park ,Kansas

What an amazing man and remarkable life, I feel privileged to have gotten to know John and to have worked with him. He was a great mentor. He will be deeply missed.

Marlin Kraft Jun 27 ,2019

Friend and coworker ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

John was my mentor and a rock for me after I got out of the Navy and started working at Ruskin Mfg. in 1976. John was a wonderful person and an awesome human being. Rest in Peace brother.

Gerard Nolan Jun 28 ,2019

Maunfacturer's Rep ,Beltsville ,Maryland

John was always smiling, always cheerful and always helpful! He made our lives easier and he was part of the reason Ruskin was such a great factory to represent. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

Sally Grove Jun 28 ,2019

Coworker ,Grandview ,Missouri

I have had the pleasure of working at Ruskin with John for many years. I enjoyed his funny stories and his positive attitude, and appreciated his help. In sympathy, Sally Grove

Joe Boyuka Jun 28 ,2019

NY/NJ representative for Ruskin ,Jackson,NJ

John was instrumental in my coming aboard as the Ruskin Representative. I did not know John very well but in the conversations I had with him he always impressed me as a true gentleman and someone that you would want to have as a friend and colleague. I feel fortunate to have known him.

Jim Schuermann and Carlo DiCarlo Jun 28 ,2019

Colleagues ,Cincinnati ,Ohio

Jim and I were saddened to hear the passing of John. His cheerful disposition in even the toughest of times was something to look up to. Always willing to help and smooth things over for us reps, was a tremendous asset. He will be missed. Our prayers and condolences to the everyone.

Tom Edwards Jun 28 ,2019

Friend and co-worker ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Maria - Our condolences and sympathies to you and your family. John meant so much to me. He was always thinking of how he could support and serve others - especially the RUSKIN customers. John knew what success looked like. It began with treating others with respect and kindness. He was empathetic to others needs. Always a great listener and a quick smile. I will always remember his famous dead-pans after a funny joke. He was creative and so supportive of others needs. He loved you, he loved life, and he enjoyed every moment. We all learned a lot from John. Tom and Cathy Edwards

Bill Bailey Jul 01 ,2019

Friend ,Conroe ,Texas

John was the best friend I have had in my lifetime. We shared many fishing trips and consistently poor golf outings. Our camping skills left a little to be desired but we made it work. We became instant friends in 1981 when we both were relocated to Grandview, Mo with Ruskin. His friendship extended to my family and will be remembered for lifetimes. I believe that I will see him again one day.


Friend and Co-Worker ,Lee's Summit ,Missouri

John was an awesome man. Great to be around at work and on the golf course. Trips to Bella Vista were always entertaining and filled with joy he had for life and for others. May God be at your side Maria as you go through this difficult time but I believe he is consistently shooting scratch golf now even with that unique swing of his!

Traci Jul 16 ,2019

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

John was a great friend to me. I will miss him. Prayers for the family.