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Kenneth Merle Jans

Funeral services for Kenneth Merle Jans will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at the Bayou Rouge Baptist Church in Evergreen with Pastor David Trimbur officiating. Internment will follow in the Bayou Rouge Baptist Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.
Kenneth Jans, 85, of Evergreen, passed away Monday morning October 26, 2009 at his home in Evergreen.

Following service to his country during World War II in the US Army, Ken married his bride of 62 years, Nettie Johnson of Evergreen. They moved to his home state of Iowa where he farmed, following the tradition of his father and brothers. Ken moved to Evergreen with his family and continued farming. He helped organize and manage the Avoyelles Farmers Cooperative. He retired from Southern Supply Company in 1984. He served on the Evergreen town council for 28 years and as a volunteer of the fire department for over 20 years. Ken was an active member of Bayou Rouge Baptist Church serving as deacon for almost 50 years. Ken loved his church family and supported them in many ways. His interests included woodworking, fishing, celebrating Thanksgiving and Easter with his family, a tradition at his home for decades.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Jans; brothers, Vernon and Burdette Jans, sister Viola Lauterbach.

He is survived by his loving and caring wife of 62 years; Nettie; three children, Darrel and wife Linda of West Monroe, Debbie Young and husband Steve of Baton Rouge; and David and wife Dianne of Houston, Texas; a sister, Marlys Poggimiller; six grandchildren, Chris Jans, Austin Jans, Stephen Young, Heather Young O'Laughlin, David Jans, and Tyler Jans; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie and 10 a.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. at the Bayou Rouge Baptist Church in Evergreen.

Pallbearers will be Chris Jans, Austin Jans, Tyler Jans, Steve Young. Honorary pallbearers will include member of the Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Bayou Rouge Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 237, Evergreen, LA 71333 or charity of choice.

Friends may extend online condolences to the Jans family at

Town Talk Oct. 27, 2009



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