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William Janssen

William “Bill” H. Janssen, 64, of Mediapolis, Iowa, died June 30, 2005, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Born Jan. 31, 1941 in Burlington, Iowa, Bill was the son of Arnold and Inez Moehle Janssen.

He was a 1959 graduate of Mediapolis High School.

On Jan. 12, 1964, he married Marilyn L. Shoultz in Mediapolis.

Mr. Janssen worked at General Electric in Burlington until 1967. He then farmed and was known for his show cattle.

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He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mediapolis, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Mediapolis and Des Moines County, and the Cattlemen’s Association.

He was a 4-H leader and enjoyed spending time at his cabin and many social activities. His grandchildren were most special to him.

Survivors include his wife; daughter Kathleen “Kathy” (Michael) Schulte, of Mediapolis; son Dave (Sandra “Sam”) Janssen, of Mediapolis; grandchildren Elliott, Brandon, Alex, William “Wil,” Chawse and Karaline; sisters Dolores (Lawrence) Colton, of Glenwood Springs, and Shirley Belknap, of Mediapolis; brother Gerald (Lila) Janssen, of Oakville, Iowa; brother-in-law John Kuster, of Dixon, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Loretta Kuster, and a brother-in-law, Bill Belknap.

The funeral was July 6 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mediapolis with the Rev. Jerleen Schlesser officiating. Burial was in Kossuth Cemetery in Mediapolis.

Memorials have been established for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mediapolis and the University of Iowa Pulmonary Research in Iowa City.


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