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Richard Janssen

Richard Dean Janssen, age 86, of Kingsley, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Salem Lutheran Church, rural Correctionville, Iowa, with Pastor Tami Groth officiating.

Burial will be at the Kingsley Cemetery with military rites being conducted by the U.S. Navy and American Legion Nash Post 140 of Kingsley.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Rohde Funeral Home in Kingsley. Condolences may be made online at

Rich was born June 30, 1932 in Correctionville, Iowa to Roy and Garnet (Aldag) Janssen. He graduated from Anthon High School.

He served in the Navy from 1951-1955 and in the Korean War on the USS Iowa ship. After being discharged, he drove truck for several years.

He married Melva (Norr) Janssen on March 14, 1958 and moved to the Kingsley area to farm.

Rich loved the outdoors. He raised livestock and had a love for horses. He raced his chuckwagon and chariot for many years at the county fairs.

His children were all 4-H members, guided by him. He was a faithful fan at all his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.

He also loved to play cards with family and the local card players.

He is survived by son Dean (Mary) of Colorado Springs, son Jeff (Sue) of Sioux City, daughter Deb (Rob) Shultz of Sergeant Bluff, daughter Sheryl (Jeff) Collins of Kingsley, son Gary (Allison Ricke) of Kingsley, and son Larry of Kingsley. Thirteen grandchildren, Nick Janssen, Ryan Janssen, Jenny Smit, Randy Janssen, Jamie Kleve, Jake Shultz, Zach Shultz, Jake Collins, Ashley Kuchel, Keely Collins, Dillon Janssen, Landie Willer, Danika Wollesen, and fourteen great grandchildren.

Rich was preceded in death by his wife, Melva, his parents, sister and brother-in-law Eunice and Don Carr, brother and sister-in-law Gene and Eunice Janssen, sister and brother-in-law Janice and Jerry Barthole, and niece, Janet Carr.

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