Maynard D. Janzen was born to Otto R. Janzen and Irma L. (Klassen) Janzen in Hillsboro, KS. at the home of his
grandparents on February 21, 1935. He passed away on June 7 at the age of 79 years.
He grew up on a farm East of Goessel and attended a one-roomed country school in rural Marion County, KS.
He graduated from Goessel High School in Goessel. KS. He enjoyed being involved in sports and musical
activities. He played piano and saxophone and sang in various musical groups.
He received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and music from Bethel College and taught both
general education and music at the elementary level for several years.
His musical pursuits included Singing in various choirs and he participated in two choir tours of Europe. He
sang with the Chapel Airs Men’s Quartet for a number of years, accompanied several musical groups
including the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus and the Menno Brass. He gave private piano lessons to students for many years and also served as church organist.
His life impacted people at various levels. He enjoyed his independence and was involved in a number
of real estate endeavors. He built two houses and, in addition, he moved and remodeled another large house.
He owned and maintained a number of rentals and worked as a realtor for some time. He also owned and
operated the Hesston Sale Barn for 15 years and later developed the surrounding area for building lots.
His interests encompassed a variety of areas. Music was his first love but he also enjoyed snow skiing and he
owned and flew his own Piper Cherokee airplane. During his college years he spent several summers working
in various agricultural jobs along the West Coast.
Maynard married Ginny on September 27, 1980 and they lived together until 1998. They divorced but have remained good friends over the years. Ginny has been very active and supportive in the ensuing years as Maynard’s health deteriorated due to Parkinson’s Disease.
Maynard was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Irma Janzen, a brother, Stuart, and sister,
Delpha Dean, who were killed in a tragic automobile accident when they were 11 and 6 years old, and one sister,
Sharon Weldeghebriel, who died of cancer. He is survived by good friend and former wife, Ginny Ramsey, of Peabody; his two stepdaughters, Dawn (Tony) Cuellar of Newton, and Danielle (Shaun) Vandiver of Emporia; two brothers, Junior (Joyce) of Hesston, Leon (Juanita) of Hesston, brother in law Tecle (Janet) Weldeghebriel of Coweta, OK and a number of step grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
His independent spirit gave him the drive to accomplish many things. Even at Kidron Bethel he would push the envelope
as far as possible believing that if he got into a situation that he couldn’t handle there would be someone around
who would come to the rescue. The family wants to express heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated staff at K/B
for their dedicated support during his stay at K/B. The excellent/tender care provided to Maynard would not
have been surpassed if they had been taking care of their own father or grandfather.
We appreciate the numerous acts of kindness and thoughtfulness extended to the family during this time.
There will be a gathering of friends and family at Kidron Bethel in Menno Hall on Friday June 20th, 2014 from 6-8 P.M. Services will be held at Bethel College Mennonite Church on Saturday June 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Donations in Maynard’s memory may be made to Bethel College or Mennonite Central Committee in care of
the Petersen Funeral Home.