Leonard Jansen

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Leonard Michael Jansen, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.

He was born Sept. 17, 1946, in St. Louis, to Leon and Bernice Dirnberger Jansen. He and Joyce Dietiker were married Feb. 4, 1967, in Cape Girardeau.

Jansen was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and a church usher, also a member of Knights of Columbus.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Jansen was president of Jaymac Equipment in Cape Girardeau. He started work with his father at the age of 13 in 1959. He was a perfectionist in his work and possessed excellent fabricating skills. In 1967 he won the state welding competition in Kansas City, Mo.

He was a past president of the Board of Examiners for the city of Cape Girardeau, member of United Commercial Travelers and past president of Refrigeration Service Engineer Society.

Jansen was active in martial arts and enjoyed dancing. With his children and grandchildren he enjoyed fishing, hunting, ATV vehicles, boating and the outdoors. He was an excellent marksman and loved exercising. He was known for his quick wit, storytelling and his kind heart. His faith in God remained strong through his life.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Dietiker Jansen of Cape Girardeau; a son, Christopher Michael (Libby) Jansen of Jackson; a daughter, Connie Jansen Klein of Jackson; his parents, Leon and Bernice Jansen of Cape Girardeau; three brothers, Larry and Jerry Jansen of Jackson, James Jansen of St. Louis; five grandchildren, Cameron Jansen, Cara Jansen, Connor Klein, Jonathan Klein and Cassidy Klein.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home, with parish prayers at 7.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Church, with the Rev. David Hulshof officiating. Burial will be in Hanover Lutheran Church Cemetery with full military rites by Missouri Honor Team.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Saxony Lutheran High School, or the Mesothelioma Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.