Daniel Richard Jeanson passed away on Monday July 30th, after a short, yet hard fought battle with cancer.
Though his time on earth was short, he lived an incredibly full life. He enjoyed vehicles; From cars to trucks, to motorcycles, mopeds, and go-karts, if it had a motor it was meant to be driven and driven hard!
He enjoyed cruises to nowhere, and likely covered every road in Wisconsin at least twice if not more, always on the hunt for the best frisbee golf parks. He found serenity and peace while on his drives, often saying that those times of adventure served as his church. He had an exceptional love for nature and had an uncanny ability to spot creatures that others may not ever notice. One of his favorite drives was when he and his friend Hardy would go to check up on the eagle that lived on Dyke Rd.
Daniel had an unbridled bond with the earth and nature, finding beauty in everyday things as seemingly simple as rocks. He traveled often and would always come home from his journey with at least one new special rock that he’d found. He’d then be sure to show it off to everyone before finding the perfect spot for it in one of his flower beds or gardens.
In his 60 years on earth, Daniel seemed to have never met a stranger. He was a nurturer at heart, and his mom, Mary told tales of him as the boy who brought home every stray animal that he came across with the hope of making it well and giving it a home.
As he grew, his kindness and nurturing spread into the hearts of anyone in his path that was in need of a listening ear, advice, or a shoulder to lean on. He was always there to change a tire, tow a car, help you move, or be a sober driver anytime, anywhere, without an ounce of hesitation. Though he had three daughters of his own, he became like a second father to many of their friends, treating them as if they were his own, and helping out in any way he could. He also had a fierce devotion and love for his family, especially his wife Dawn, his daughters Mary, Angee, and Jordan, and his five grandchildren.
To say that Daniel will be missed is an understatement-the word missed doesn’t even closely describe that impact of his that will be felt by all who knew him.
Daniel leaves behind his wife Dawn (nee Scheid); daughters Mary (Bill) Gwaltney, Angela (Leonard) Thomas, and Jordan Jeanson; his five grandchildren: Logan, Brody, Max, Charlee, and Aiden; sisters, Jenny (Glenn), Jill, and Kate; brothers, John and Christopher; Mother in-law Angeline (Mel) Scheid; Brother and Sister in-law Todd and Leah Schied; nieces and nephews Noah and Nina Perkins, and Bryn and Drew Scheid; his lifetime pal Hardy, and “4th daughter” Jennifer Grueneberg as well as countless other loved ones and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Mary Jeanson; his brother-in-law, Glenn Perkins, and his father-in-law Melvin Scheid.
A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 3:00 PM at River Valley Alliance Church with Rev. David Zimmerman presiding. Visitation will be at the church on Sunday from 1pm until time of service.
Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home is serving the family. To place an online condolence please visit pn-fh.com