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“I spent many hours on the farm with Mary Jane. Lenard was a kind, quiet man. He was good to his family and friends and will be dearly missed ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Sally Lampe - Cortez, CO

“Oh Huntin buddy a guide a good friend for many many years always looked forward to my week in South Dakota with Leonard he will never be forgotten...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Jerry Scheidegger - St CHARLES, MO

“Sorry to hear of Leonard's passing but What a wonderful friend and neighbor he was to my Grandparent Ruth and Shorty Saathoff for many years..Rest in...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Vicki Saathoff - Pierre, SD

“Clarice so sorry to hear of Leonard's passing...thinking of you and Sheila ❤ ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Cheryl Hoffart

“Clarice and Sheila,My thoughts and prayers are with you and may all your wonderful memories help you through this sad time. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Pat Doll - Brandon, SD - Friend

“I consider Leonard one of my 'grandpas' and will sure miss him and so will the Methodist church family. Risp my fine friend. Scott Anshutz ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Scott Anshutz - Friend

“Clarice and Sheila,I'm so sorry to hear of Leonard's passing, may many wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Keeping you in my...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Donna Harrison - Sioux Falls, SD


Leonard Walter Jansen was born June 19, 1924, in Dallas, SD, the sixth child of thirteen to Albert and Lena (Gruhn) Jansen. He attended several country schools and graduated from Dallas High School.

On February 7, 1946 Leonard married Donna Mae Wardrip. To this union two children were adopted, Mary Jane born March 31, 1948 and David Leonard born October 20, 1950.

In 1953, Leonard and Donna bought the Henry Saathoff farm west of Dallas where he showed his great love for farming. Upon their retirement, they built a new home in Gregory and spent many winters in Arizona until 1997 when Donna was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and they remained at home in Gregory. Donna died suddenly on May 26, 1999.

On August 11, 2000, Leonard married Clarice (Hight) Christiansen. They then sold the house in Gregory and moved back to the farm west of Dallas.

After a fall in their home, Leonard entered Rosebud Country Care Center in December of 2015. He passed away suddenly on December 4, 2016 at the age of 92.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Donna, daughter Mary, son David, one sister Bernice, and five brothers Louis, Leroy, Clarence, William, and Melvin.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Clarice; step-daughter Sheila; two grandchildren Julie (Alan) Brown and Chris (Carla) DeMars; five great grandchildren; two sisters Deloris Mulder and Joan (Chuck) Oden; three brothers Cliff, Jack, and Duane; two sisters-in-law, Nina Jansen and Jean (Alan) Green; three brothers-in-law, Dwight (Inez) Wardrip, Curt Hight, and Clifford Tenney (Iva) Hight; and many nieces and nephews.

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Funeral services for Leonard Jansen, 92, of Dallas, SD, were held Friday, December 9, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory with Pastor Royal Archer officiating. A prayer service was held Thursday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home at 7:30 p.m.

Music was provided by Bette Fogel, pianist, and Bob Wik, soloist, singing "Precious Lord Take My Hand" and "Beyond the Sunset." Congregational hymns were "In the Garden" and "How Great Thou Art."

Leslie Petersek and Sarah Petersek were in charge of registration.

Bev Heck and Sandy McBride were in charge of flowers.

Casket Bearers were RJ Petersek, Rod Petersek, Joe Heck, Mike McBride, Gary Ekroth, and Roger Steffen.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Cecil Routh, Dick Shoemaker, Ray Petersek, Vince Berens, Merle Elliott, and Verne Ellston.

Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.