Vic Janson

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Vic Janson Hastings Vic Janson, age 90, of Hastings, MI and formerly of Richland and East Lansing, MI, died Tuesday morning, January 28, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Vic was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Richland. He loved God and found His presence in the woodlands, on the golf course and with his family and friends. Vic, the son of Elza and Irene (Osborne) Janson, was born July 16, 1923 in Kalamazoo, MI. He served his country honorably during World War II in the United States Army and received a Bronze Battle Star. Vic earned his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Science from Michigan State University. He retired after 32 years of dedicated service to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a Wildlife Biologist. Vic was an expert Ornithologist and a renowned North American competitive birder. He was a member of the American Birding Association and The Audubon Society. Vic was married to the love of his life, Carmen (Barnes) June 6, 1943 in La Jolla, CA. Surviving is his wife of 70 years, Carmen; his two daughters, Vicki Janson of Hastings and Sally Janson (Graham Cooke) of Hudson, Quebec; three sons, Lynn Clark (Norma) Janson and Chris Janson, both of Hastings and Jim (Karen) Janson of South Haven, MI; ten grandchildren and twenty four great grandchildren. Vic was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Hilda Castetter and two brothers, Donald and Lynn Janson. Friends will be received on Saturday, February 1st, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue. Visitation will be followed by a brief commitment service. Family and friends are also invited to a luncheon at The Dock at Bayview restaurant, 12504 East D Avenue, Richland, MI 49083. A formal Memorial Service for Vic will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Richland at a future date. Memorial contributions in Vic's honor may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 8047 Church Street, Richland, MI 49083 or Pennock Hospice, 1230 W. State Street, Hastings, MI 49058. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Vic may be placed at

Funeral Home
Farley-Estes & Dowdle Richland Chapel
9170 East D Avenue
Richland, MI 49083
Published in Lansing State Journal on Jan. 31, 2014
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