John Paul Jauernig, 71, Leavenworth, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.
John Paul Jauernig, 71, Leavenworth, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. He was born Sept. 16, 1948, in Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of Paul and Rose (Noll) Jauernig.
He graduated from Lansing High School in 1966, where he played football and competed in pole vaulting. John worked at Kaaz Woodworking while he was in school up until he joined the U.S. Navy in 1968. He served as a Electricians Mate on the minesweeper USS Detector.
John later worked for Al White Construction remodeling homes, the Government at GSA in Kansas City, Missouri, as a carpenter and wood craftsman and he retired from the Federal Prison in Leavenworth as a furniture factory foreman in 2003. He also lived on a farm and spent 42 years of his life raising cattle.
On Dec. 19, 1970, John married the love of his life, Sandy Shelton, at the old Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lansing, Kansas. She survives at the home. He is also survived by their two loving children, Susie (Kris) Norton, Lawrence, Kansas and Jim (Kelly) Jauernig, Lee Summit, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Brett, Derek, Justin, Will and Lily Norton and Emma and Addie Jauernig; four sisters, Mary Louise Fink, Rose Marie (Al) White, Sister Paula Rose Jauernig and Helen (Clifford) Schalipp; and two brothers, Ed (Ruth) Jauernig and Franny (Sandy) Jauernig.
John was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joe Jauernig; and a brother-in-law, Merlin Fink.
He will be remembered most for his barbeque and wine making skills, his endless generosity and orneriness and his gift of gab. He was an avid KU basketball, KC Chiefs and Royals baseball fan. He enjoyed telling jokes and debating politics. John was someone that could figure out how to build, make or do anything he set his mind to and he never met a stranger.
A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A private family burial will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Veteran’s Community Project.