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 Leslie Eldon Janssen

Leslie Eldon Janssen

Birth
Nobles County, Minnesota, USA
Death 2 Jun 2013 (aged 74)
Worthington, Nobles County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Lakefield, Jackson County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 111816348 · View Source
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Obituary from Murray County News - Slayton, MN LESLIE E, JANSSEN, 74, of Lakefield passed away on Sunday, June 02, 2013 at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield with Pastors Ben Rucker and Bart Mueller officiating. Military Rites will be by the Lakefield American Legion and VFW Posts.

Leslie Eldon Janssen arrived two months premature on April 4, 1939 to Arthur and Elisabeth Dorothea (Wenzel) Janssen. He was born at home on his parents' farm in Graham Township, Kimbrae, MN. He was confirmed on March 29, 1953 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. He attended St. Paul's Lutheran School in Fulda, MN, and graduated from Fulda High School in 1957.

In 1956, Les joined the Army reserve for six months active duty and 6.5 years reserve duty.

On August 6, 1960, Les and Delores Kilker were married at the Church of Christ in Worthington, MN. They farmed near Fulda, until 1966. Les worked for Great Plains Lumber Company for 13 years, and then worked for Lampert Yards for 3.5 years. He was custodian at the Immanuel Lutheran Church and Parochial School in Lakefield, MN for 20 years. After his retirement, Les drove school bus for JCC Schools for three years. He had a special gift and patience in working with children.

Les was very involved in activities at Immanuel Lutheran Church, having played on their dart ball team, and serving on many boards. He served on the zoning board for the City of Lakefield and was a volunteer fireman for the Vesta, Fulda and Lakefield communities.

Les' favorite hobby was working with the scroll saw and gifted many of his family and friends with his woodwork. One of his favorite daily activities was his coffee group at Hage's.

Les is survived by his wife of 52 years, Delores; three children: Lance (Laurie) Janssen; Dorean (Russ) Thom; and Devin (Julie) Janssen; and six grandchildren: Cassandra Thom; Allison Janssen; Dustin Thom, Windom, Minnesota; Melissa Janssen, Des Moines, Iowa; Elizabeth Janssen and Samuel Janssen; a brother, Loren Janssen and his special friend Jumpetch Harlan; a sister, Sharie Jasper; mother-in-law, Lenor Kilker, brothers- and sisters-in-laws, Don Bremer, Burdell and Kaleen Christians, and Galen (Buzz) and Peg Kilker, as well as several nieces and nephews and friends.

Les was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Genise, his brother, Arliss, and sister, Marian, his father-in-law, Raymond Kilker, and a brother-in-law, Ronald Jasper.


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  • Created by: Dale & Corinne Wise
  • Added: 5 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111816348
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leslie Eldon Janssen (4 Apr 1939–2 Jun 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111816348, citing Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Lakefield, Jackson County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Dale & Corinne Wise (contributor 47132213) .