JANS, Scott 1959-1990
JANS, GRIMMIUS, WHITWORTH, ASH
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Date: 1/12/2016 at 07:23:36
Former Resident Dies In One-Car Accident
A former Grundy Center man was killed in a one-car accident Sunday, December 23.
Scott Allen Jans, 31, of 1313 19th Street, Eldora, died when his car fell 65 feet from a bridge east of Eldora on Highway 175, and plummeted into the frozen Iowa River.
Jans was westbound on 175 when his 1984 Chevrolet climbed the south guard rail of the bridge and slid for 100 feet before it fell to the south and somersaulted down the embankment. Jans was thrown from the vehikle and suffered massive head injuries.
Jans reportedly was last seen in Grundy Center at 2 a.m. Sunday. He was reported missing at 8 a.m. Sunday. A passerby spotted the partially submerged wreckage of the car in the Iowa River at 1:45 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Authorities closed Highway 175 for a time Monday afternoon to allow a crane to pull the battered car from the frozen river. Jans' body was recovered a few feet from his car.
The accident was investigated by the Eldora Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, and the Southern Hardin Emergency Squad. Authorities have not determined what caused Jans to lose control of his car.
Jans is the son of Merle Jans of Reinbeck and Wilma Ash of Marshalltown. He is survived by his wife Kayt, and three children, ages 5 years, 20 months, and three weeks.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 3 January 1991, pg 1
Rites Held For Scott A. Jans
Scott A. Jans, 31, of Eldora, formerly of Grundy Center, passed away on Sunday, December 23, in Eldora of injuries he suffered in a car accident.
Services were held Saturday, December 29, at 1:30 p.m. in the United Methodist Church in Grundy Center. Pastor Rodger Sieh, and Rev. Doug Barton officiated the service.
Casket bearers were Robert Gross, Ron McIntire, Gary Geerdes, Greg Sharp, Steve Betzer, and Danny Wical. Honorary Bearers were Todd Walbaum, Greg Sell, Kendall Klar, Brian VanDeest, and Mike Whitworth.
Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, in Grundy Center.
Scott, the son of Wilma Grimmius, and Merle Jans, was born on November 25, 1959, in Grundy Center. He grew up in Grundy Center, graduating from Grundy Center High School in 1978. Following graduation he served two years in the Army before finding employment in the construction field.
On May 28, 1983, he was united in marriage to Kayt Whitworth in Elk City, OK. He then constructed high rise buildings in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri, and Washington, D.C. He returned with his family to Grundy Center where he continued to build homes, and ran his own construction company. Scott and his family had moved recently to Eldora.
Scott was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wilbur Grimmius.
He is survived by his father, Merle Jans of Reinbeck, his mother, Wilma, Mrs. William Ash, of Marshalltown; his wife, Kayt, of Eldora; three children, all at home: Aaron, Leah, and Kyle; two brothers, Daryl, of Grundy Center, and Vernon Ash, of Marshalltown.
A memorial fund has been established.
The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 3 January 1991, pg 3
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