Gerald Leonard “Chub” Jansen of Leopold, Mo., passed away April 9, 2018, at his home. He was born on August 2, 1956, in Lutesville, Mo., the son of Luke Robert and Mary Louise Steinnerd Jansen. He married Leeann Renee Holzum on June 9, 1979, at St. John Catholic Church in Leopold. She survives.
He graduated from Leopold High School and later, Southeast Missouri State University with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. His many professions included carpenter, bricklayer, and 16 years as an instructor in Leopold, Perryville, and Woodland School Districts. He spent 16 years in insurance sales with the Knights of Columbus and the Missouri Farm Bureau.
He was a life-time member of St. John Catholic Church at Leopold, and served on the Parish Council. He was active in the Boy Scout Troop 315, the Leopold School Board, and was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus with Council 5898, and served as Deputy Grand Knight and selected as a Knight of the year and family of the year.
Gerald enjoyed pitching horseshoes, where he was a five time State Champion with the Missouri Knights of Columbus, and was a board member of the
K of C Horseshoe Association. He was also a member of the NHPA Horseshoe Assoc. and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He loved to fish, hunt, farm, and especially to spend time with his loving family. He served in the US Army from January 1975 until January 1978, working with electronics and telephones.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Hanna (Ryan) Burger and Holly (Dustin) Hoesli, all of Leopold; ten grandchildren: Haley, Reeann, and Holden Burger, and Avery, Skyler, Blaine, Talon, Aspen, Quinton, and Landric Hoesli; five brothers: Mike (Marilyn) Jansen, Larry (Sheila) Jansen, Norman (JoEllen) Jansen, Lindy (Cindy) Jansen, and Rick (Tami) Jansen; three sisters: Pam (Dennis) Horrell, Sheila Irvin, and Eva Jansen; one sister-in-law, Marilyn (the late Stan) Jansen, and his mother-in-law, Lorraine Holzum of Marble Hill. Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Stan, and his father-in-law, Henry Holzum.
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Leopold, Mo. Parish prayers and a Knights of Columbus rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors.