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Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home

1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, FL

OBITUARY

Jeffrey Layne Jansen

April 22, 1945November 27, 2019

Jeffrey Layne Jansen, 74, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Jeff was a loving husband, father and Pawpaw.

Jeff was born on April 22, 1945, to Frederick William Jansen and Margaret Lenore Bennett Jansen in Kokomo, Indiana. Jeff lived in Kokomo and his family moved to Jacksonville in 1955. He attended Assumption Catholic School, and graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1963. After graduating high school, he entered the military, United States Air Force.

Jeff proudly and honorably served our country in the United States Air Force 1963-1967 during the Vietnam War, and continued his dedication to our country by serving in the Army Reserve from 1985-2005. Jeff graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Political Science in 1972. He worked as an administrator with the Florida Parole Commission until he retired in 2003. He also served as the State-President of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency from 1990-1991.

He was a dedicated long-time member of the Tallahassee Elks Lodge #937. Jeff was a member of the Ritual Team and won all state Inner Guard. He volunteered often with the Elks and was always happy to help. It was a passion of his to give back to the community.

Jeffrey loved boating, fishing and water skiing and often would take family and friends for boat rides and loved being on the water. Jeff played golf regularly. He enjoyed watching FSU sports. He and Julie were long time football season ticket holders and attended games regularly. Jeff loved watching Jacksonville Jaguars football. Shooting pool with family and friends was something he did regularly at the Elks Lodge. He was a great dancer and loved to move. Jeff was an avid book reader and read the newspaper daily. He enjoyed playing cards and often played with friends and family.

Jeff is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Lenore Jansen. He is survived by his wife, Julia Gillette Jansen; his two children, Clifton “Cliff” Jansen (Amanda) of Jacksonville, Florida, and Kristin Wiley (Trey) of Jacksonville, Florida; Barbara Jansen, mother of his two children; four grandchildren, Hayden Jansen, Nathan Jansen, Brooklyn Wiley, Jansen Wiley; two stepchildren, Jennifer Rigdon of Fort. Collins, Colorado and Jeffrey Rigdon of Tallahassee, Florida; three brothers, Frederic Jansen (Vickie) of Anderson, MO, Phillip Jansen (Ella-Rae) of Jacksonville, Florida; twin brother Gregory Jansen (Patty) of Canton, Georgia; sister, Angela Jansen Carter (Jimmy) of Savannah, Georgia; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 20th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Tallahassee Elks Lodge with a celebration of his life to follow.

Memorial donations can be made to the Tallahassee Elks Lodge #937, 276 N Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32301.

Services

20 December

Inurnment at Tallahassee National Cemetery

11:00 am

Tallahassee National Cemetery

5015 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, Florida 32311

20 December

Custom Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Elks Lodge

276 North Magnolia Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Memories

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Cheryl Pettitt

December 8, 2019

Im so blessed to have had you in my life, im sad that it wasn't for longer, i will cherish the memories of you and julia on face time and the funny conversations we had. I will love and miss you always,
Cheryl xxx

David Taffe

December 7, 2019

Julia, I feel your pain and the love you had for Jeff. I have so many memories growing up with my Jansen cousins. the one I'm feeling right now is... Jeffery, Greg and I were 7&8 playing croquet in my backyard.. Jeff's about to send my ball across the street.. when I intervened.. his mallet met my thumb. "throb". NOW.. He probably felt as bad as I did.. RIGHT! LOL
Having spoken to Jeff just 10 days before his passing leaves much Heartache but also, very thankful for the "Goodbye"
Love to you and our family.
Rest in Peace, JJ.
The Good Lord just couldn't wait any longer..
Love, David

Pat Andreu

December 7, 2019

Had a lot of fun with Jeff in the old neighborhood. He came from a fine family. Pat Andreu

George Newman

December 7, 2019

I was saddened to read about Jeff's passing, but pleased to learn of his family, friendships, service and happy memories. My own memories of Jeff were from high school at Bishop Kenny. Jeff was certainly one of the good ones. He always had kind things to say and a gentle heart to share. God bless all who knew him.

Lou and Barbara Langnehs

December 6, 2019

Julie and family..There are no words.Our sincerest condolences. Jeff was a true friend. He will be remembered. He will be sadly missed. Lou and Barbara Langnehs

Lou moo Langnehs

December 6, 2019

Met my wonderful friend in 2009 and decided to join the Elks. Jeff served the lodge in many ways and got me involved in Elks ritual team...we enjoyed many fun years at Florida State Elks Conventions and trips to the Florida Elks Youth Camp with the Gretchen Everhart School. I will cherish all those times. Karaoke nights at the Lodge were a hoot and he will be sorely missed as a friend and Veteran. Rest Now my brother we'll take it from here.

Kasey O’Brien

December 4, 2019

It was always a great time with uncle Jeff. I have many fond memories of his fun and magnetic personality... also his sharp and witty intellect!! ☺️

Thoughts of him make me smile. All the warmest to family and friends -Xo

Cathy Taylor

December 4, 2019

Was sad to hear that a man that always had a zest for life had left this earth!! Regardless where I saw Jeff and Julie at he was always smiling and laughing!! Oh that laugh will be missed!!
Praying for Julie and all the family as Jeff will be missed by so many !

Jose ramirez

December 4, 2019

Will always remember Jeff as one of those who welcomed me with a friendly demeanor as I arrived as a Cuban refugee to Bishop Kenny in 1961. It was a real pleasure seeing him again at the 50th HS reunion.

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