Obituary: Eldon JansenEldon John Jansen went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 31, 2008.
Eldon John Jansen went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 31, 2008. Eldon was born on March 19, 1919, on a family farm in Dickinson County to Hans and Frieda (Wunder) Jansen. The family moved to a farm near Lake Park where he went to school, played basketball and was in 4-H.
On Oct. 4, 1940, Eldon was united in marriage to Arlowene Marcella Voss in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The Jansens farmed north of Lake Park and then in Sioux Valley Township from 1940 to 1964 before moving to their present farm in Harris, Iowa. He farmed his entire life, milking cows for a total of 60 years.
Eldon was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Park and served as Deacon for three years. He loved dancing, playing cards, gardening and collecting toy tractors. He had a good sense of humor. When talking to Eldon, he liked to reminisce about his early farming days, farming with horses and helping build the first 4-H barn at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. He felt that working was not a job, he loved to farm.
Eldon passed away at the Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at 89 years of age.
He is survived by his two sons, Stanley and his wife, Kay, of Sibley, Iowa, and Marlo and his fiancé, Sherry, of Harris; two daughters, Sandy and her husband, Gary Widdel, of Round Lake, Minn., and Sharyl Curtis of Spencer, Iowa; three grandchildren, Peggy Daigle of Baton Rouge, La., Julie and Mike Steichen of Sibley and Jim and Kim Jansen of Tecumseh, Neb.; seven great-grandchildren, Eric, Laura and Jennifer Daigle, Branigan and Carson Steichen and Matthew and Madison Jansen; one brother, Earl (Donna) of Loveland, Colo.; sisters, Lois Untiedt of Milford, Iowa, Ellen (Vernon) Voss of Spirit Lake and Bertha Beck of Hemett, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlowene; three sons, Steven, Stuart and infant son, Sylvan; his parents; two sisters and one brother.
Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Turner Funeral Home, Lake Park, Iowa.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, Lake Park. Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery, Lake Park.