April 2, 1928 - March 11, 2017


Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids for Harold R. Jans, 88 of Sauk Rapids who passed away at his home on Saturday. Rev. Bruce Timm will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Relatives and friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids on Thursday.

Harold R. Jans was born on April 2, 1928 in St. Cloud to Rudolph and Dora (Oelschlager) Jans and was baptized at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. He was confirmed June 7, 1942 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. Harold graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School in 1946 and attended St. Cloud State University, the University of Minnesota, University of Heidelberg, Germany and Ohio State University. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951-1953 as a Special Agent in the 66th Counter Intelligence Corps, a Military Intelligence group in Heidelberg, Germany from November of 1951 until December of 1952. He was married to Lanice Rogosheske on June 13, 1953 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. Harold was employed by Navistar International (formerly International Harvester Co.) for 38 years. He held various managerial positions in St. Cloud, St. Paul, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbus, OH and Chicago. Most recently, he was Manager of Accounting and Audits for US and Canada for the Franchise Investment Department in Chicago, prior to retirement in 1986. He returned with his wife to Sauk Rapids in 1987. Harold was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and was one of the first church organists when the church was first organized. He was a member of the Golden Agers, member of the church 50th Anniversary Committee, member of the building committee, and the Stewardship committee. He also delivered Meals on Wheels and audited the church’s financial records. Harold enjoyed woodworking and created unusual items for personal use and sale.

Survivors include his wife, Lanice of Sauk Rapids; sons, Kert (Vicky) of San Diego, CA and Mark of Delaware, OH; granddaughters, Kelsey and Karli Jans; grandson, Wesley Jans and great grandchildren, Quentin, André, Hayden and Adrianna. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Renee Trushenski.