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Richard “Dick” Janssen (1940-2024)

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Richard “Dick” Janssen, 83, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at his home near Ellsworth, Kan. He was born Sept. 26, 1940, in Ellsworth to Herschel “Pete” Janssen and Marian (Craig) Janssen. Dick was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County.

He earned his B.S. in animal science and industry zoology from Kansas State University in 1964. While attending college, he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and Block and Bridle.

He married Shelly Keener at the Ellsworth First Presbyterian Church on Nov. 27, 1974. Dick was a member of Ellsworth First Presbyterian Church where he served many years as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher.

In his professional life, Dick was the owner and operator of Green Garden Angus Farm, a family farm established in 1932. He also served as president of the American Angus Association.

Dick is survived by his wife Shelly Janssen; daughter Stacey Janssen and her children, Charles, Ellyn and Andrew Gunya; daughter Jacque Mingle (Steve) and her children, Atom and Dinah Mingle; daughter, Patricia Pratt and her children Henry and Stella Pratt; son Ben Janssen (Anisha) and his children, Elliott and Sophie Janssen; daughter Elizabeth Perkins (Dustin) and her children, Cassandra and William Duncan and Annabelle and Jane Perkins; and sisters Arva Jo Walker and Joyce Janssen. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Arlo Janssen; sister Rachel Janssen; nieces Shaunna Fox and Stephanie Brownlee; infant niece Tamra Boeken; brothers-in-law Duane Walker and Donald Walker; and son-in-law Jeff Pratt.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 2024, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Family will be present to greet visitors.

A celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2024, at Ellsworth First Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception at the church. A private family burial will take place at Kanopolis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Ellsworth First Presbyterian Church or the Ellsworth County Food Bank c/o Parsons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439. Condolences can be left at