Charles W. Sens
OCEAN CITY–Charles Warren Sens, passed away on Oct. 23, 2013 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury at the age of 91. Born on March 4, 1922 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late John Roy Sens, Sr. and Elsie Alberta Jenkins Sens.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois Keeler Sens, and children; C. Warren Sens, Jr. of Hergiswil, Switzerland, Mark A. Sens, Paul N. Sens and his wife Annette, Roy D. Sens and his wife Melanie, all of Ocean City, and Eloise K. Sens, of Alexandria, Va.
Mr. Sens spent a year and a half in the National Guard in Iceland training as an anti-tank gunner and expert M-1 rifleman. He joined the United States Army in January, 1941, serving in WWII as a staff sergeant, Battery E, 80th Airborne Anti Aircraft Battalion, 82nd Division in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he returned to Washington, D.C. and began working as an apprentice for the family business, Krick Plumbing Business of Washington, D.C. and received a Master’s Plumbing and Heating License.
In 1952, he moved his family temporarily to Ocean City to be the mechanical contractor of Stephen Decatur High School, as well as several hospitals on the eastern shore. He later founded Sens Mechanical, which remains in operation. He decided to make the bucolic Eastern Shore the home for his family as he never got the “sand out of his shoes.” He loved to swim, fish and hunt. He enjoyed reading, discussing politics, religion and world events. He was active as a Jehovah’s Witness after moving to the Eastern Shore and held fast to the belief of everlasting life in a paradise and shared this hope with everyone in his ministry work throughout the community Maryland.
There are 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Guy Sens of Stafford, Va. and Bernard Sens of Florida and two sisters, Edna Hahn of Landsdown, Md. and Bobbie Simmons of Florida, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Mr. Sens was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Pamela M. Stout, and brother, John Sens.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Berlin at 2 p.m. Steve L. Martin will officiate. Inurnment will take place at Arlington Cemetery at a later date. Letters of condolence may be sent to www.burbagefuneralhome.com.