Arlen Wayne Janssen

December 24, 1923 ~ November 13, 2020 (age 96)



  Arlen Wayne Janssen, 96, graduated to his heavenly home on Friday November 13, 2020 at the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons, KS. He was born on December 24, 1923 at the farmstead two miles north of Lorraine, KS to Herman G. and Christina (Steenbock) Janssen.

  Arlen attended school in Lorraine and graduated with the Class of 1941. He was united in marriage to Lucille Wirth on May 3, 1947 at the Bethany Baptist Church in Lincoln County, KS and was blessed with 55 years of marriage until she died on October 23, 2002. He farmed one year near Kanopolis and then spent the rest of his life farming in northern Rice County. Farming included raising many crops and animals, especially pigs so the Janssen Hog Farm was created as a partnership with his son Steven.

  Arlen was a loving husband, father of four, grandfather of six, and great grandfather of 12. He had a personal relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lorraine. He was the church clerk and deacon for many years. He also was the treasurer for the Southwest Association of the North American Baptist Conference and did a lot of traveling for church extension prospective sites. He enjoyed traveling to most of the tri-annual NAB Conferences over the many years, the last one being at age 94. He also took many bus trip tours all over the US with Steve or Doug and Rosanne.

  Survivors include his daughter, Elaine Jury of Lee’s Summit, MO; sons, Steven Janssen of Geneseo, KS; Douglas (Rosanne) Janssen of Wichita; Gerald (Kay) Janssen of Lee’s Summit; sister-in-law, Marilyn Janssen of Lorraine; grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Diaz of Billings, MT, Monica (Joe) Guggenberger of Lee’s Summit, Angela (Michael) Mosier of Wichita, Joel (Esther) Janssen of Clearwater, KS, Rachel (Gordon) Maxey of Overland Park, and Gregory (Alicia) Janssen of Kansas City, MO; and great grandchildren, Grant, Austin and Miles Guggenberger, Elena, Abigail and Trey Diaz, Lisa and Jason Mosier, Titus and Timothy Janssen, and Greyson and Avery Maxey. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lucille; sisters, Melva Splitter and Wanda Olson; and brothers, Vernon and Jerome Janssen.

  Visitation: 1-8 p.m., Friday, November 20, 2020 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, KS.

  Memorial service to celebrate his life: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 21, 2020 at First Baptist Church, Lorraine with burial following in the Lorraine Baptist Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Heart Ministries (Victory Village, a home for girls), c/o, Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439.

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Funeral Service


November 20, 2020

1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Parson Funeral Home
307 N. Lincoln Ave
Ellsworth, KS 67539

Funeral Service
November 21, 2020

10:00 AM
First Baptist Church, Lorraine
320 Wichita Ave
Lorraine, KS 67459

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