In memory of

Marvin "Jiggs" Janssen

May 3, 1934 - September 15, 2023
From: Sac City, IA
Marvin "Jiggs" Janssen

Marvin "Jiggs" Janssen

Born: May 3, 1934
Died: September 15, 2023
Age: 89
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   Marvin “Jiggs” Janssen, age 89 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, IA, surrounded by his family. Marvin Dale Janssen was born on May 3, 1934, to parents Reinard and Francis (Breon) Janssen in Yetter, IA. The family first lived in Carnarvon, IA, and then on a farm southeast of Early, IA, where he attended grade school. Jiggs graduated from Sac City High School with the Class of 1953.
   On June 6, 1954, Jiggs married his high school sweetheart and absolute love of his life, Macel Joan Nicewanger, at the United Methodist Church in Sac City. This union was blessed with four children, Janet, Jerald, Joni, and Jennifer. They made their home in Sac City where he worked for Farber & Otteman Furniture Store as a carpet layer. He eventually owned and operated his own carpet store and Montgomery Ward catalog business in Sac City. In 1980, Jiggs switched his career path and became an insurance salesman for Farm Bureau Insurance Company. He and Macel, along with daughter Jennifer, moved to Sioux City, IA, where he worked for an independent insurance company. They lived there for nineteen years before returning to Sac City in 1999. Upon returning to Sac City, Jiggs was again employed by Farber & Otteman but this time as support staff for their funeral homes. He worked services and visitations for many years and also helped with transportation, making many long trips out of state. Jiggs worked at Farber & Otteman right up until moving to Norwalk, IA, in the summer of 2022, officially retiring at the age of 88. 
   In his free time, Jiggs enjoyed woodworking in his shop and he golfed on Men’s League for several years. He and Macel enjoyed traveling together and went on several vacations. He also enjoyed the yearly family vacations they took their kids on when they were all still at home. The family did a lot of camping together as this too was something they all enjoyed. Jiggs was small but mighty. He was a hard worker who instilled great work ethic into each one of his children. He had a huge heart and great sense of humor. He was a great friend to many and looked forward to meeting new people. Jiggs could easily strike up a conversation with anyone, and never met a stranger. He always looked forward to having morning coffee with the guys, most recently held at the Sac Community Rec Center.
   Jiggs and Macel’s marriage/relationship was admirable. They both had very strong faith in the Lord and were truly best friends. When Macel’s health started to decline, Jiggs stayed right by her side and was insistent that he be her primary caregiver. Her health continued to decline and she was moved to the nursing home and even then, he was right by her side, twelve hours a day.
   Jiggs loved his family and cherished any time spent with them. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him. Rest assured, He and Macel are together in God’s beautiful paradise, walking hand in hand once again.
   Survivors include his children, Janet Lewis (Dennis Lawyer) of Indianola, IA; Jerry (Chris) Janssen of Sioux City, IA, Joni (Don) Rench of Norwalk, IA, and Jennifer (Jeff) Boland of Plano, TX; grandchildren: Nicole (Aaron) Giddings, Justin (Jessica) Lewis, Lindsey (Tim) Laielli, Jill (Rich) Jeffords, Michael (Melissa) Janssen, Jason Rench, Ashley Rench, Hailey Boland (fiancé Harlee), and Macey Boland; great-grandchildren: Caleb, Mallory, Nolan, Eden, Charlotte, Henry, Emery, Toni, Devin, Alessandra, Ashlynn, Dominic, Logan, Tregan, Jacob, Cameron, Xander, and Zoey; sisters Wanda Bulten of Early, IA, and Nera Zimmer of Des Moines, IA; many nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends.
   Jiggs was preceded in death by his wife, Macel Janssen; parents Reinard and Francis Janssen; sisters Arlene Heun and Ardola Huisenga; and brother Reinard Janssen.


Tribute Video
10:30 a.m., Wednesday
September 20, 2023
Unity Church
Sac City, Iowa
Reverend Missy Erickson
5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday
September 19, 2023
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Friday, September 22, 2023 at 8:58 AM
“We have a lot of fond memories of Jiggs from when we were younger and he and the family lived in Sioux City. I am so happy and thankful that he and Grandma Wanda were able to spend so much time together and support each other through the years. Jiggs was a special guy. Our love to the family.”
- Megan (Jewett) Miller
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 1:49 PM
“Have known Jiggs and his family for many years. Missed seeing him when I walked by their home here in Sac. Thinking of all of you and prayers of comfort knowing he is with God. He did such a great job at F & O greeting peple. Just a nice guy.....that is missed here already. Don & Mary Ellen Hatch ”
- Don & Mary Ellen Hatch
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 11:15 AM
“What a neat guy-always enjoyed him at the Villager! How handsome he was when he was younger-the video was wonderful! He will be missed. We enjoyed getting to know him and considered him a friend! ”
- Terry & Dave Striegel
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 9:00 AM
“I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. Your mom and dad were longtime friends of my folks, Dale and Dorothy Carnine and I remember spending time at your house when we were little. May God bring you comfort in this sad time. ”
- Debi Carnine Crawford
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 9:00 AM
“Thank you for the pleasure of caring for Jiggs. He was adorable with the best smile. Those of us at the Taylor House will long remember him.”
- Elly, RN
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 5:54 PM
“Our condolences to Jig's family, Nancy and I made our first trip overseas with Jigs and Macel with Farm Bureau in 1988 to Vienna, what fun it was with them. Jigs and Macel were such an amazing example of Love, not only for each other but also for everyone. Jigs and I truly enjoyed looking each other in the eye:) Butch and Nancy Stone ”
- Butch Stone
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 12:29 PM
“We give our deepest condolences to the Janssen family. We knew Jiggs for many years. Ed & Jiggs grew up as neighbors & Jiggs & Macel & I graduated in the same class in high-school. We went many places together & Jiggs was always fun to be around. Our son & Jiggs shared the same birthday & I gave Jiggs his nickname. We will miss him very much. Our prayers for all of you!”
- Ed & Mairlys Rehm
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 12:29 PM
“Jerry I wish you and your family our sympathies and condolences! Our prayers are with you and your family!”
- Kraig & Sandy Kitt
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 9:03 AM
“I am one of the Otteman kids. We knew Jiggs when he did carpet laying and working at funeral home. It was always a pleasure to talk to him. He was so kind to everyone he was around. I know our Dad appreciated his kindness and work. May you help fill up your loss with all the great memories of him and your great Mom. I know they are happy to be reunited. Sincerely, Jolene Baker”
- Jolene (Otteman) Baker
Monday, September 18, 2023 at 9:12 AM
“Jiggs was such a sweetheart! He was true in his heart. My sincere condolences to his family. ”
- Barb Rench
Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 2:19 PM
“I liked very much working with Marvin, very nice man.”
- Alan Kruthoff
Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 12:09 PM
“Prayers to the Janssen family”
- Marlyn Keiser
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