John William Janes Jr., 97, was born in Cedar Springs, MO, on Jan. 9, 1927, to John W. Sr. and Beryl Laurest (Miller) Janes, and passed away May 8, 2024, in El Dorado Springs.

John served his country from 1950-1952, in the Army’s 361st Engineer Battalion. He was so proud that each of his sons also served their country. John Jr. and his father John Sr. were both members of El Dorado Springs, American Legion. For many years the members of his Army battalion met in Tennessee for a reunion, John was the last of that group. John’s stories of the Army, horseback riding and mule driving, or telling us “That’s not how Ruby did it,” have been heard many times by his friends and family. The Fourth of July was always celebrated at John and Ruby’s. The family and friends came for homemade ice cream, fresh green beans from his garden and lots of fireworks. We hope to carry this on in his memory.

John was a member of Union Hall Church, where he said, “All the best cooks went.”

John was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Velma and Evelyn; his brother, Lloyd; a grandson, Jesse Janes; a great-grandson, Matthew Donnel; and his wife, Ruby, who he missed each day since she had gone.

John is survived by his four sons: David (Rita), Nick, Lynn (Elsie), and Dwayne (Karen) and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

John loved his Lord and Savoir, never failing to pray over his meal, thanking his Lord. No doubt John and Ruby are having a great reunion inside those pearly gates.

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