Paul Eness
August 25, 1934 - August 31, 2020

Paul  Eness

Paul Eness
Aug 25, 1934 - Aug 31, 2020

Paul  Eness
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Paul Gene Eness, 86, of Ames, Iowa, passed away in the comfort of his own home with his family by his side on August 31, 2020. As much as the family would have loved a large gathering, current circumstances limit us to a private family service to be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 with a burial at Saint Petri Cemetery to follow.

Paul was born on August 25, 1934 in Ames, Iowa to Eugene and Gerene (Peterson) Eness. Paul was a 1952 graduate of Gilbert High School and received his Bachelor's of Dairy Science from Iowa State University in 1956. He served his country by enlisting in the United States Army in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1958. Paul married Margot Bannister at the Ames Congregational Church in 1960. He graduated with his DVM from ISU in 1963. He went into private practice for five years and returned to the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968 as a professor in Clinical Sciences.

To the farmers of Central Iowa, he was Doc. To the hundreds of veterinary students he taught and mentored over 30 years, he was Dr. Eness. To his five children, he was always Paul, never Dad or Daddy.

Paul woke up every day at sunrise and did his chores, tending to his sheep, cows, pigs, and chickens before heading into work at ISU. He enjoyed lecturing but he LOVED taking the senior vet students out on calls on the farms surrounding Ames. He delighted in getting to know the vet students, young men and women from all over the world, and watching them connect with each other and with the farming community.

On weekends and evenings, he volunteered on the boards of Gilbert Lutheran church, Bethany Manor and the Story County Fair. For many summers he also loved working as the Iowa State Fair veterinarian. At home, his idea of down time was shearing sheep, mowing the lawn, or fixing a fence. At 50, he picked up a new hobby: running. He and Margot ran in dozens of road races and at 60, he completed his first marathon. Avid Cyclone fans, Paul and Margot were season ticket holders to both the ISU football and girls' basketball games.

After he "retired," he and Margot moved to the beautiful Big Sky Ranch outside of Dayton and made new friends of his neighbors, always with sheep and cows and border collies and grandchildren all around. And they travelled--to the land of his ancestors (Norway) and Margot's (Scotland), to Ghana and to Latvia to visit one of his favorite vet students and her family.

When Parkinson's Disease came to visit and wouldn't leave, Paul delighted in singing, dancing and boxing with new friends he made at the wonderful Parkinson's Disease classes provided by Dr. Stegemoller and her kinesiology students.

Left to cherish Paul's memory are his wife of 60 years, Margot, and his children: Molly (Tom Birkland) Eness, Dana (Jason Wiese) Eness, Allison (Mark Taylor) Eness, Daniel (Natalie) Eness, and Jason Eness; siblings Linda Flaherty, Kirsten (Clifford) Barta, David (Debi) Eness; siblings- in-law Jack Miller, Willa (Bannister) Kulhavy, and Kay (Bannister) Philpot; grandchildren Oskar and Isaak Birkland, Sadie and Aidan Wiese, Lydia Heydlauff, Max, Grace, Ella, and Sam Eness, and Lucy Eness-Potter; countless nieces, nephews, and cousins and all of his beloved "adopted" sons and daughters.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Gerene, his sister Janice Miller and nephew John Flaherty.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Research Fund in Kinesiology at

Online condolences may be directed to

Jim and Mary Ann McCann on Sep 10, 2020

To the family of Paul Eness,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Paul was such a good man and a wonderful vet and we count it a blessing to have had him in our lives. He was so kind an gentle when working with our livestock and the most patient teacher we have seen when explaining procedures to us and the students. We shall be praying for your healing hearts. Jim and Mary Ann McCann

Sally Brown Prickett, DVM on Sep 8, 2020

RIP dear mentor, colleague, and friend. Your positive impact over so many years on so many is remarkable...

Deborah Carleton on Sep 7, 2020

My deepest condolences for your loss. I will never forget my time with Dr. Eness as a senior vet student at the Iowa State Fair the summer of 1984. It was one the highlights of my time there. All of us were blessed to have been taught by him.
Deborah Carleton

Tim Smith on Sep 7, 2020

Dear Margot and family,

I had the opportunity to first meet Dr. Eness during my undergraduate years at Iowa State, and I have a lot of great Paul Eness stories over the years. From the Sunday afternoon call to save the horse buried up to it's neck in quick sand at would be the future runway at the Ames airport. It resulted in me receiving a "Margo original" painting of the incidence, which I still have. Let's just say Paul often "forgot" things from time to time. From coffee cups he would place on top of his vet truck's box, that would end up in the ditch outside his office, when he backed the truck out or the time he pulled a calf outside of Ames, only later to be stopped by an attendant at the State Fair, who handed him his wallet that he left on the truck bumper, after changing out of his coveralls. I had the privilege of carrying his "vet bag" at the State Fair, and working as his practice "partner" after vet school. I was truly blessed to have met Paul Eness -

Ron Isaacson on Sep 7, 2020

Paul was a friend and colleague. He was a stabilizing force during our four years in veterinary school.
I have great memories concerning Paul✝️🙏

Sarah Garst on Sep 7, 2020

I was one of Dr Eness' many veterinary students. He was approachable, kind, and competent. I will remember him with respect and fondness.

Doreen (Huinker) Blackmer on Sep 5, 2020

Margot and family: I always enjoyed seeing Paul and his family at county and state fair. Paul and Margo were also so friendly and positive. We had a lot of fun times at the fairs. You have a special family and Paul will be missed as the head of it. I wish you all peace and comfort. RIP Doc Eness.

Pat Gorden on Sep 5, 2020

Margot and family,
It is with great sadness that we learned of Dr. Eness' passing. Dr. Eness was one of the most influential people on my career path, like I'm sure he was on countless veterinarians. As an undergraduate, I conducted a research project and as the veterinarian for ISU's Dairy Farm, Dr. Eness performed repro exams for my project cows. Dr. Eness possessed the ability to effectively communicate with both clients and students to provide a clear picture of the situation at hand in a kind way. Later, as I worked my through vet school, it was his influence that directed me towards dairy production medicine and eventually, back to ISU to be an ambulatory faculty member and the veterinarian for the ISU Dairy. His kind and compassionate practice of veterinary medicine and demonstration of service to his clients was instrumental to me and thousands of today's veterinarians. Paul, thank you for being such a great mentor! Thank you for sharing him with us all. God bless. Pat and Kelly Gorden

Curt Youngs on Sep 4, 2020

Dear Margo and family,

Dr. Paul Eness was a kind and humble man who used his intelligence and technical skills to mentor countless students, colleagues, and farmers. He was highly respected and admired not only as a veterinarian but also as a human being. He was exceedingly patient, acted with a great integrity, and served as a positive role model for everyone who was fortunate to spend time with him. I am incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to know Doc, to learn from him, and to work along side him. May your family find comfort during this difficult time knowing that he made this world a better place and that his impact will last for decades.

William and Jane Edwards on Sep 4, 2020

Margot, Jason, Dan, Allison, Dana and Molly,
We will never forget all that Paul did for the Franklin Happy-Go-Luckies, providing pigs and lambs for fair projects, teaching us how to shear the lambs, bringing ISU students to our house to do vet work, and supporting all the kids with their 4-H projects. One of my (William) first Extension talks was to a sheep producers' meeting at Spencer. I rode all the way there and back with Paul, and first got to know him. I don't think my information was very good, but he was too tactful to tell me. Fortunately he was on the program as well, so the meeting was a success. The Edwards family, William, Jane, David and Sarah will always remember Paul's kindness to us and to so many others.

Arlen L. Wonderlich, DVM on Sep 4, 2020

Margot and Family, Dr. Eness was a humble servant of veterinary medicine and for his family and community. I have fond memories of my senior year and the influence he had on my future career. When my career took me back to Ames, it was a great joy to visit with Paul at Women's Basketball games and events at Gilbert High School. Rest in Peace my friend!

Jim Noxon on Sep 4, 2020

Paul was a colleague of mine at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine and a wonderful teacher and friend. His incredible positive attitude was infectious. He was a great mentor as a faculty member for many years. I know that he was always one of the favorite faculty of our students! Most of all, Paul was a genuinely nice person....kind, respectful, generous, and caring. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Lorraine Hoffman on Sep 4, 2020

loved life and all of you with unparalled joy. Margot what a beautiful and fulfilling life you and Paul shared for 60 years. It was always a joy to share your happy stories of family fun, traveling, and community service. I give thanks for the life of a true gentleman and scholar who made a difference in countless lives. Godspeed, Lorraine and Pete

Lorraine Hoffman on Sep 4, 2020

Dear Margot and Family, You have our deepest condolences on losing the guy you called Paul. He was a humble, loyal and dedicated teacher and clinician who was admired by students, and respected by colleagues, clients and You were blessed to have a father who cared deeply and

Darrell Neuberger on Sep 3, 2020

Dr Eness was certainly one of the most memorable and appreciated instructors of my veterinary college days. He was a great educator of veterinary medicine, but more importantly, he taught us the proper way we should live our lives. RIP Dr Eness.
Darrell “Tree” Neuberger

Dana Eness on Sep 3, 2020

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Dana Eness on Sep 3, 2020

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Gloria Erickson on Sep 2, 2020

Paul was a kind and gentle man. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts go out to his entire family. Love, Gloria and Denny Erickson



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