September 19, 1945 July 21, 2011
Fred Janes was born in Phoenix, Ariz., where he attended Catholic schools in the community until graduation in 1963. He initiated his entry into the world of work as a meat cutter, and practiced the trade in Phoenix, Ariz., and Los Angeles, Calif. It was a skill he valued all his life, and it contributed to his work ethic and respect for hard work. He moved to banking, and worked his way up through this system to become a finance consultant and banking manager. He developed a heart condition and retired to Dunsmuir, Calif., on disability in 1976. He survived for many years with these health concerns, and died in his home after contracting cancer about one year ago. The health professionals reported him to be an unfailingly kind, pleasant, and patient man during his treatment.
He married Barbara Peterson, and to this couple was born a son, Jason Anthony. The couple raised their son in Dunsmuir. Barbara died in 1992 after an extended illness. Fred later met and married Rosemary (nee: Guss) and the couple lived in Medford, Ore., for the next 17 years. During this time, Fred was elected president of the Maple Leaf Estates Home Owners Association and served from 1999 2005. When the couple relocated, he was again elected president of the East Ridge Home Owners Association and served from 2005 until 2011. He was known as one who had a shrewd business sense, used care in decision making, and was highly regarded by other association members as a man wise beyond his years, who loved family and friends, and who helped people with problems."
Throughout his life, the ongoing phone conversations and visits with members of his extended family were highly valued, and he truly treasured the preparation of Mexican dinners for his family. He enjoyed politics and sports, especially professional football and basketball, and energetically supported the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Lakers. He thoroughly enjoyed spending summers at the Coast as much for the scenery and exploration as the improved temperature. He was a practiced kite flier, and a veteran R-V'er. Fred relished the new technology and prided himself in owning the most recent computer gadgetry. He was a collector of fine watches and fire arms and was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association. No summary of Fred's life is complete without noting his mastery of the art for nabbing stuffed animals from closed collections provided by many restaurants and recreation sites to entrap the unskilled or unwary. No child in the extended family or the local area went without a stuffed animal elicited by his highly evolved skill. He belonged to and contributed to the national Republican Party all his life. He was known as a devout Christian man who studied and practiced his faith as he learned about it. He spoke often to others on the importance of his faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Janes, in 1980; and his mother, Ruth Janes (nee Dyer), of Mt. Shasta, Calif., in 1986.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Janes, of Medford, Ore.; his son, Jason Anthony, of Beaverton, Ore.; and his stepson, Jason Anthony Yoder, of Tucson, Ariz. Additional survivors include his sister, Marjorie Bernard; nieces, Joyce Urich and Johanna Smith, of Phoenix, Ariz., Toni Peterson, of Anaheim, Calif.; and a nephew, Chuck Peterson, of Livermore, Calif.
There is a graveside service to bless his journey Saturday, September 3, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. for family members. A reception to remember and honor Fred is scheduled for Sunday, August 28, 2011, at the East Ridge Estates Clubhouse, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. for friends and family. Please RSVP at 541-752-6668 and leave a message. There were several charities that are meaningful to Fred, but donations in lieu of flowers can be contributed to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or your local branch of Hospice International.