Robert Paul "Jigger" Janes

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Robert Paul "Jigger" Janes was born to Willard W. and Charlotte I. Janes on Aug. 25, 1935, in Denver. He was the second of their three children; he had a brother, Willard K. "Jimmy" Janes, and a sister, Valerie Huchinson.
Robert got the nickname "Jigger" even before he was born; his brother would point to his mom's belly when she was visibly pregnant with Robert and called that "Momma's little Jigger." He grew up in Idaho Springs, where he married the love of his life, Janice N. Lane, in 1954 in Idaho Springs.
Robert graduated from Idaho Springs High School in 1953 and did attend a semester of college but was unable to continue higher studies. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1954 and received an honorable discharge in 1961.
He began working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1964, where he spent the rest of his working life, retiring after 35 years, beginning in the warehouse in Lakewood and culminating with him becoming district ranger. His interests included fishing, classic cars and pickups, and boating.
Robert was a lifelong Episcopalian and had a deep, personal faith. He was also a Mason.
Robert is survived by his sister, Valerie Huchinson of St. George, Utah; his children, Robert Terry Janes of Evergreen, Connie Lynn Hellmuth of Socorro, Texas, and Mark Kelso Janes of Guerneville, Calif., as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom he deeply loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and his wife. 
The family would like to thank Dixie Regional Medical Center of St. George, Utah, and every staff member who was involved in Robert's care; Jack Stoddard of Stay At Home Care, who was as much a friend as caregiver; and everyone who was a friend or supporter of his over the decades. 
No formal services are planned at this time; his remains were cremated, and the family is planning a small memorial service and burial in Robert's longtime hometown of Idaho Springs, sometime in the late spring, May or June.

Published in Clear Creek Courant on Feb. 21, 2018
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