Jeff Jannsen

Jeff Jannsen Obituary

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Age - 72

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October 6, 2023

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Waukon, IA

Jeff Jannsen, 72, of Waukon, IA, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, October 5, 2023, after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Per Jeff's wishes, no services will be held at this time. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Jeff is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janet; son Jamie (Angie) Jannsen of Stewartville, MN; daughter Jenny (Ryan) Hennessy of Waukon; son Jacob (Morgan) Jannsen of Lansing, IA; his 10 grandchildren, who he loved dearly: Carter (Kaylee), Cole, Caleb, and Carson Jannsen, Alli, Luke, and Charlie Hennessy, and Eli, Judah, and Abel Jannsen; as well as his dog Chuck.

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