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Melvin Edward Janes

November 6, 1928 May 8, 2019
Melvin Edward Janes
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Melvin (Mel) E. Janes, 90, died on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Mel was born on November 6th, 1928 in Hinsdale, IL, the son of Laurence and Alma (Rasmussen) Janes. He grew up on a rented farm East of Evansville and attended the nearby one room Brown School. Mel graduated from Evansville High School in 1946 and enjoyed many class reunions in past years. After high school, Mel attended UW Farm Short Course for two terms and then served in the US Air Force until 1952. He then returned to the family farm on Cemetery Road which was purchased by his parents in 1947. Mel resided and farmed at “Pine Knoll Farms” for over 65 years.

On February 14, 1953, Mel was united in marriage to Ruth L. Thorsen and they worked together on the farm with the help of their family. In 1963 they purchased the farm from his parents. Mel served on the board of Production Credit Association for 21 years, served many years as a 4-H leader, was on the board of Union Co-op, served as Union Town Chairman, was a long time member of WI Master Farmers, was a life time member of the state and national Holstein association and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed golfing with the “Monday Old Timers” for several years and coffee at The Heights in his later years. Mel and Ruth belonged to a card club with nine other couples that had played together for over 50 years.

Mel enjoyed the Badger Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2014 and had been inducted into the Rock County Ag Hall of Fame. Mel and Ruth liked to travel and had been on many trips in the United States and abroad. Mel was always interested in the activities of his sons and their families.

Mel is survived by his four sons: Rod (Jan) of Darien, Dan (Michelle) of Evansville, Ken (Kaye) of Wooster, Ohio and Bob (Cheryl) of Evansville; ten grandchildren: Heather (Nate) Wagner, Jake, Emilie (David) Glindinning, Wade (Rachel), Amanda (Justin) Morton, Ashley, Allison (Evan Hershberger), Parker (Amanda), Lauren (Tom) Bjugstad and Brooke; eight great-grandchildren: Finnley, Ashlynn, Hadley, Lela, J.D., Alyvia, Claire and Elliott; A sister: Janette Klemp of Edgerton: A brother-in-law: Leo Thorsen and sister-in-law Joanne Thorsen and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in July of 2017, his parents, a daughter Linda, his brother Don Janes, his brother-in laws Walter Klemp and Bob Thorsen, and sister-in-laws Jeanice Janes and Mary Lou Thorsen.

Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Evansville on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Matthew Poock officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Evansville with Military Rites provided by V.F.W. Post 6905 Evansville. A visitation will be held from 5:00PM to 8:00PM on Sunday May 12, 2019 at Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home Evansville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Heartland Hospice or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Evansville.

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5:00 PM 5/12/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/12/2019 8:00:00 PM
Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home

130 S 5th St
Evansville, WI 53536

Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home
130 S 5th St Evansville 53536 WI
United States





11:00 AM 5/13/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church

312 South Third street
Evansville, WI

Military Rites following graveside service in Maple Hill Cemetery Evansville provided by V.F.W. Post 6905 Evansville.

St. John's Lutheran Church
312 South Third street Evansville WI
United States

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Maple Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

Cemetery Road
Evansville, WI 53536

Cemetery Road Evansville 53536 WI
United States

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