Harry Arthur Janssen

Harry Arthur Janssen

Harry A. Janssen, 89, of Waverly, Iowa entered eternal peace on Monday, October 26, 2015, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly, Iowa.

Harry A. Janssen was born July 23, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa. Harry had many fond memories of growing up on the family farm near Chapin and the good times while attending Plainview Country School. Upon graduation from eighth grade he became a full-time farm hand on the family farm and for other farmers in Franklin County. In 1944 he joined the US Army and proudly served his country in the Pacific Theater during World War II.  Injured in 1946, he returned stateside for treatment and continued to serve his country for the next 30 years as a member of the Iowa Army National Guard.

Harry married Kathryn Patton on April 6, 1952. Harry worked for the ASC in Franklin County, and for Sieg Company Auto Parts in Hampton and Waverly. He managed the Waverly Big Bear Store until his retirement. Harry returned to school later in life and earned his GED in 1975. He went on to get his real estate license and spent many years doing real estate appraisals.

He was active in Cub Scouts and served as Pack Leader, was involved in Lions Club, was a member and served on the board of the Bremer-Butler-Chickasaw Board of Realtors, a member of Waverly AMVETS Post #79, and a member and former Commander of the Waverly American Legion Post #176.

Harry is survived by his wife Kathryn (Patton), children Patricia (Stephen) Berry, Verona, Wisconsin; Steven (Rhonda) Janssen, Plainfield; and Douglas (Pauline) Janssen, Mason City; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and eight step-great-grandchildren. Siblings Rebecca (Ray) Ellingston, Margaret (Kae) Meyers, Clyde (Kathy) Janssen, and Ralph (Jan) Janssen, and brothers-in-law Fred Wenzel, and Roger (Loretta) Patton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Blanche Janssen, siblings and their spouses, Harvey and Hope Janssen, Walter and Pearl Janssen, and MaeFerne Wenzel; niece Deb Obrecht; nephews Merlyn Wenzel, Kevin Janssen and Rohny Meyer.

For more information see the full obituary at Kaiser-Corson’s web site.