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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Obituary: Dan D. Jantzen Jr.

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  • Dan D. Jantzen Jr., 86, died Friday, November 2, 2012, at Asbury Park in Newton. He was born December 31, 1925, in Liberal to Dan D. and Ida (Deckert) Jantzen Sr. Dan graduated from Kismet High School in 1944. He played trombone and participated in a variety of sports. He missed a year of high school due to a hip injury from high jump. He attended Dodge City Community College. Dan tried to serve his country in the military but was turned down due to his hip injury and surgeries. Dan worked several jobs, including farming with his brother in Colorado prior to working for Beechcraft in Wichita from 1952-1965. He then joined the Coleman Company, starting in the printing department and later joining the industrial photography department from 1952-1965. He enjoyed his time at Coleman and had the privilege of photographing the Coleman family and top managers. Dan also worked for Edwards Typographic Service and farmed with his dad on a small farm south of Newton. He enjoyed reading, music, writing short stories and collecting ball point pens. Dan also enjoyed spending time with his friends and loving family. He is survived by sisters, Jean Towle of Amarillo, TX, Vera Shields of Seattle, WA, and Verna Mae Hedrick of Liberal, KS; and brothers, Merlin Jantzen of Liberal, KS, and Harvey Jantzen of Bucklin, KS. Dan also is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Ray Jantzen. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2012, at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton, with Chaplain Bill Eichelberger of Good Shepherd Hospice presiding. Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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