DENVER – William Ensign loved his country just as much as he loved his community. Ensign moved to the Lincoln County town of Hugo in the late 1930s and spent most of his life there.

In 1941, Ensign joined the armed forces. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1945.

When Ensign returned from the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Pauline Keeseman. She was widowed at the time and had a 10-year-old son.

Along with marrying Keeseman, Ensign also adopted her boy. The couple were inseparable. When Keeseman fell ill, she was moved to the Lincoln Community Nursing Home in Hugo.

According to family members, Ensign visited Keeseman every single day to help care for her. When Keeseman passed away in 1999, Ensign continued to visit the nursing home just to spend time with the other "old folks."

Eventually, Ensign ended up there as well and lived in the nursing home until he passed away this week.

A funeral was held for Ensign on Thursday.

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