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Jack J. Kansas

April 5, 1949May 22, 2020
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Jack Joseph Kansas (April 5, 1949) entered heaven’s gates on May 22, 2020. Preceded in death were his father, Isaac (Izzy) Kansas, his adoring mother, Barbara DeGruy Cline, and step-father John G. Cline. Jack leaves behind his sister Susan Cline Slavich (Randy) and 3 brothers: Morris Kansas, Allen Kansas (Daree), John S. Cline. Jack was devoted to his mom and at her beckon call. We always told him he was mom’s favorite. He deserved the title. We didn’t mind! Jack was affectionally known as son, brother, Cracker Jack, Uncle Jack, Jackie, and Cuz.

Jack also leaves behind his nieces: Sabrina Slavich Trusty (Richard), Cheri Kansas Rodriguez Babin (Tommy), Kathleen Kansas, and Leslie Kansas Nixon (Benny); his nephews, Randy L. Slavich, Jr. and Jeffrey Kansas; great nieces and nephew; cousins; longtime cohorts: Kathy Wilkinson, Norma Berniard, Wayne Aucoin and Joyce Aucoin and a multitude of friends.

Jack’s employment began as young teenager when he would wake-up at the crack of dawn in our St. Roch neighborhood basement home to fold the daily newspapers, pack them in his bicycle basket, and deliver them throughout the neighborhood. He was a delivery boy for Marquez Pharmacy and an ice cream server at Melba’s on Franklin Avenue. He also worked at Pontchartrain Beach. As a youth, Jack enjoyed collecting and reading comic books and as a young man, collecting coins. He believed the $2.00 bill was good luck, so he carried one in his wallet and gave them as gifts.

Jack graduated from Nicholls High in 1969 and rarely missed a class reunion. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Studies from Delgado Community College. He shared his cooking talents with several French Quarter restaurants including the Rib Room and Roosevelt Hotel. Eventually, he took his culinary abilities to the high seas for many years, where he cooked on ships that traveled the world. This gave him the opportunity to visit many different countries. One of his biggest concerns was being highjacked by pirates, which he assured us was a real possibility. Eventually, he retired due to health issues, so he was able to spend more time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed eating out with family and friends. He loved Mardi Gras, Cajun music, and festivals including Jazz Festivals, French Quarter Festivals, and any festival where he could hear and dance to live music. Jack loved to dance. He frequented Tipitina’s, Mid-City Rock n Bowl, and Bronco’s. He was a daily reader of scripture and avid reader of novels. Jack was a Saints and LSU fan. Jack, a simple man, was known for his honesty and integrity. Jack was a unique character who had a great laugh. In fact, it was very difficult to get him to take a serious picture. Most of the time he had a silly foolish grin. Jack never wanted to disappoint anyone. He avoided confrontation and always tried to keep the peace. Everyone knew Jack was not the best housekeeper, so our only request of Jack was to declutter his house. Unfortunately for us, he never did! Jack fought a good fight against Myasthenia Gravis, which he battled for most of his adult life. He donated money and volunteered for MG and MDA by walking for a cure. Jack, we will miss your goofy laugh; your caramel cakes, we couldn’t cut; your king cakes, that you substituted icing with peanut butter; and especially the turkeys you cooked for us for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Our brother Jack, you were loved by anyone, who knew you. You will be missed by the birds and squirrels you fed daily and will be extremely missed by your sister, brothers, and all who knew you. You definitely left us unexpectedly and too soon! A celebration of Jack’s life will be at a later date due to COVID-19.

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Norma Berniar

May 26, 2020

I was very blessed to share in a friendship with Jack for many years. Jack, Kathy and I would park by Morris's apartment for Mardi Gras, New Year Eve and festivals in the French Quarter. We also enjoyed many Swamp Fest and Jazz Fest together. He always had a smile on his face and ready to go do anything fun. He tagged along to a many stores with Kathy and I without ever complaining. Dinner with friends and family was his favorite thing to do. My heart goes out to his family and friends. He left us too soon. Rest in peace my friend and save me a dance when we are together again.

Mike Hebert

May 26, 2020

RIP Jack! Your cooking and friendship will be missed.

Leona Gard

May 26, 2020

I am a dancing/festival friend of Jack's. He was a person you loved to see walk in. A ray of sunshine. Always kind, gentle, and a pleasure to be around. Loved dancing with him. I can't imagine the loss his family and close friends feel. We've got another star in the sky.

Angela Plaisance

May 25, 2020

I am deeply sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I was his infusion nurse and got to spend time with him monthly. He was very kind and would tell great stories! I'm going to miss him dearly.

Barbara Giangrosso

May 25, 2020

We've known Jack for about 30 years. My husband, Potsy, met him at Bronco's. I met Jack through Kathy cajun dancing at Tipitina's. For years, every Sunday evening at Tip's, we would meet up with friends for a fun night of frolicking and dancing. As we got older, the dancing waned and we replaced it with, what else, food. We would meet up every couple months for dinner. Potsy and Jack always sat near each other so they could talk guy stuff, while the three girls gossiped. After dinner, we would usually go for a walk, visit a bookstore, or sit in a coffee shop. This picture is from our Christmas dinner in 2005. Norma, Potsy, Kathy, Jack and me. We will miss him terribly. He was always in a good mood and fun to be around - a real kind soul. Our deepest condolences to the family.

Kat Kansas

May 25, 2020

Jacki Giesey

May 25, 2020

I've known Jack (through Kathy) for many years. He and Kathy stayed with me in Natchitoches for several weeks following Hurricane Katrina... he cooked for us, he helped me clean out my parents' home after my mom died, and he worked in my yard. I've celebrated several birthdays with him now that I live closer and have eaten many meals with him over the years. I'm stunned at his sudden passing and know that I will miss his sweetness and kindness. My sympathy to the family.

Cheri Kansas Babin

May 25, 2020



May 24, 2020

I am so sorry for the passing of Jack, although I had only a
short time with him at Marc and Kaylan's wedding in College Station. He was fun, funny, and he told some great stories and
I remember they were all laughing and having a good time,
that is what families do....I know this is just sad...know you all
are in my prayers - I miss Barbara and her personality, they are
gathered watching over you all...

Joyce & Wayne Aucoin

May 24, 2020

Our hearts go out to your family, so sorry for this great loss of a
wonderful man. Jack was such a good friend of ours, he was fun to
be around. He was kind and generous no matter how he may have
felt he was always ready to go and enjoy life. We loved his crazy faces he would make when we tried to take his picture. We made
many festivals with him and always enjoyed his company. I hope
all the pictures we sent thru Kathy will show how much we loved
that guy. We will miss him tremendously. Our prayers will go
out to your family. Missing him, Joyce & Wayne Aucoin


Captured at Sabrina's wedding on 12.13.14.


The back reads..."Jackie Kansas, Isn't he a darling baby. Barbara" We always joked that he was her favorite. :-)


Barbara with Morris, Allen & Jack.


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