John Dale Jenni (December 25, 2018)

John Jenni photoAugust 9, 1927 ~ December  25, 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018
2:00 – 8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Funeral Home

Saturday, December 29, 2018
10:00 AM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Burial will be in Lincoln Township Cemetery, Rural Harlan, IA

1 Daughter – Sheresa Hampton of Harlan, IA
1 Sister – Rena Willert of Crookston, MN
4 Grandchildren – Stephanie Hampton
Kristina Hampton
Trentity Hampton
Garrett (Jenni Anderson) Hampton
10 Great-grandchildren
1 Great-great-grandchild
Other Relatives & Friends

John Dale Jenni, son of Elmer and Olive (Villiam) Jenni, was born on August 9, 1927, in Euclid, Minnesota. He attended school through the eighth grade in a country school near Euclid. Before entering the United States Army, John worked with his father on the family’s farm.

On April 2, 1966, John married Betty Ann Fries at the Presbyterian Church in Shelby, Iowa. The couple made their home in Harlan, Iowa, and the surrounding area. John worked as a general laborer at a number of area businesses, and most recently had delivered furniture for Hineline in Harlan.

Family was very important to John, and his grandchildren were especially special to him. John enjoyed watching wrestling on TV. He also loved spending time tinkering at his acreage, located southwest of Harlan.

John D. Jenni died on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at his home in Harlan, Iowa. He had reached the age of 91 years, 4 months, and 16 days.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Ann Jenni, on December 26, 2011, in Harlan, Iowa; three brothers; and three sisters. He is survived by one daughter, Sheresa Hampton of Harlan, Iowa; one sister, Rena Willert of Crookston, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Stephanie Hampton, Kristina Hampton, Trentity Hampton, and Garrett (Jenni Andersen) Hampton; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, with Rev. Alan W. Hazelton officiating. Honorary casket bearers were Abel Hampton, Rilee Ayers, Trevor Hampton, Alexis Hampton, Dominique Hampton, and Madilee Hampton. Active casket bearers were Braxton Ayers, Mike Nowatzke, Kalen Hinners, Nate Ayers, Jonathan Ayers, Anthony Meier, and Brandon Larson. Military rites were performed by the Helmer-Reyelt American Legion Post #150, and burial was in the Lincoln Township Cemetery in rural Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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10 Responses to John Dale Jenni (December 25, 2018)

  1. Linda Jenni says:

    Smiling tenderly, I look back at all the laughter Uncle John bestowed upon us as children. He was always, ALWAYS, the big SUPER FUN Tickle Monster with the big heart. We were always excited and filled with anticipation knowing that we were in his sights for a relentless tickle fest… one that included whisker rubs and snake bites! Oh how he’d have us roaring gleefully, gasping for air from incessant belly laughs. We would plead for mercy, “UNCLE, UNCLE, UNCLE”!!! …not really wanting him to ever stop.
    My deepest condolences Sherry… He must have been a wonderful father and grandfather.
    Heartfelt hugs to all of you.
    Much Love,

  2. Bertha Magsam says:

    Sheresa, I’m thinking of you and yours as you share the separation of Johnny from your family. He was a tease when we were young. He would wave at people passing on highway , we would ask “who was that?” He said “how do you expect me to know everybody!” He will be missed. Thanks for your love and care, Bertha Jane Magsam

  3. Marthann Kohl-Fuhs says:

    Sheresa, I am so sorry for the loss of your father, may he rest in peace.

  4. Jerry Woodstrom says:

    My Uncle John Jenni was a joy when he visited us on our farm near Crookston Mn. He was a man of few words but alway had mischief in his eye. As a young boy I had to be careful to not get too close to Uncle John when he first arrived or suffer a tickeling that left me pleading for mercy!

  5. Rhonda Kemmis says:

    Our sympathy to John’s loved ones. He was my mother, Bertha’s, brother. Uncle John was a very fun addition to our family gatherings. He loved to joke with us kids; his laugh was infectious. Marrying Betty gave great meaning to John’s life. We are forever grateful for the loving family who took such wonderful care of him after Betty’s passing. I can just see the Jenni siblings rejoicing at his joining them in heaven!

  6. Chris Willert says:

    Our deepest condolences to your family. Peace and love to your family. Paul and Chris Willert

  7. Rena Willert (written for her by Bertha Magsam) says:

    I will miss my brother John. Glad for all the times we could be together. You are all very dear to me! I’m there with you in thought. I love you all, John’s sister Rena Willert

  8. Gail Zehren says:

    I will always remember him at his 90th Birthday party, grinning from ear to ear, and the fun he had being around his loved ones! I am so sorry for your loss, he was a special man, one of a kind!???? Cherish all your memories! We regretfully won’t make the service as we are snowbound, but are with you in spirit. Love to you all.

  9. Sylvia Nueske says:

    Thinking of the family in your loss! Remember Uncle John so well!!
    Our sympathy Bill and Sylvia(Magsam) Nueske

  10. Brenda says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with your family at this difficult time. 2 Co 1:3, 4.

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