Obituary: Jansen, Stanley R.
Stanley R. Jansen
November 2, 1921- June 10, 2012
Stan was born in Spangle, WA to August and Sarah (Harder) Jansen on November 2, 1921, and grew up in Cheney, WA, graduating from Cheney H.S. in 1938. He attended Kinman Business College and worked briefly for Hecla Mining Company in Wallace, ID. Stan married his sweetheart, Eastern Washington College coed Florine Fuller on April 5, 1943, in San Francisco, just two days before shipping out to Honolulu to serve in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army during WWII.
Stan began working in the Davenport Hotel as a passenger ticket agent for the Great Northern Railway in 1947, retiring from the railroad in 1982 after 35 years of service. Stan and Florine’s daughter Jill was born in 1955 and the family enjoyed many trips to California and Montana to visit relatives, as well as several vacations to the Canadian Rockies.
Stan lived in Spokane for over 60 years before moving to Vancouver, WA in 2010 to be closer to his daughter and her husband. He was preceded in death by his wife Florine and his siblings Alfred Jansen, Doris Fristoe and Roy Jansen. He is survived by his daughter Jill and her husband Michael as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Stan lived life to the fullest. He was a devoted husband for 60 years of marriage to his wife Florine; a wonderful dad to his daughter Jill and a friend to everyone he met. Stan never knew a stranger. He could brighten a room with his laugh and incredible sense of humor, and he always saw the positive in every situation. He was a good neighbor and a dedicated movie buff.
An avid sports fan (Go Zags!), Stan played baseball when in the Army and later sold tickets at the Spokane Indian Ballpark before becoming an armchair athlete of the highest caliber. He pored over the statistics in selecting his fantasy football team each year.
Stan couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but loved to listen to Sinatra, the Mills Brothers and Perry Como. He was abysmal in the skills of home repair, but phenomenal in building lasting relationships with family and friends.
Because Stan’s 90th birthday celebration last November was such a fitting tribute to his life, there will be no public funeral service. Ball & Dodd Funeral Home is making arrangements with his immediate family and he will be laid to rest at Fairmount Cemetery on Saturday morning.
To honor and remember Stan: treasure your friendships, root for your team, play a mean game of pinochle or cribbage, share a funny joke or story over coffee, celebrate the special moments in your life with those you love… and remember the good times!