Carl Jenness, 61, of Lincoln, formerly of Wayne, died Thursday, April 11, 2019 at a Lincoln hospital
Services will be held Tuesday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne. Visitation will be Monday, April 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Wayne with a vigil service at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Memorials may be directed to the Jenness family for later designation.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Carl Jenness was born in Wayne on April 28, 1957. Carl spent his early childhood in Ida Grove, Iowa, and returned to Wayne at age six. He was active in Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout, in neighborhood games and shenanigans, and in manning the fryers at the Fat Kat (his family's restaurant). He graduated from Wayne High in 1975 and from Mount Marty College in 1980, with a degree in Business. After graduation, Carl became an insurance adjuster in Yankton, S.D., and later operated his own independent adjuster business, BWA Claims, in Bloomfield, serving north central Nebraska and working several US natural disasters until 2001. In 1986, Carl married Georgia Gayle Schmeckpeper and was overjoyed to adopt her children, Brandon, Wade, and Ann. Carl and Georgia divorced in 1996. As an active dad and business owner, Carl served his community of Bloomfield as a Boy Scout leader, president of the Board of Directors of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, and organizer of a popular fundraising project for the Knights of Columbus.
Beginning with two Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) or mini-strokes in 2001 and 2002, Carl's underlying condition, a viral cardiomyopathy, was discovered. Carl's very active life filled with bowling, softball, Husker football, life at Lewis & Clark Lake, fishing in Canada, traveling with family and friends, camping, and so many other adventures began to slowly diminish as his heart failure progressed, and his ability to climb ladders and assess roof damage disappeared.
In July 2010, the annual Chicken Show festival in Wayne caused Carl to cross paths with high school friend, Brenda Gaunt, and their love grew until this day. After surviving a cardiac arrest at a golf outing with Brenda in 2012, Carl received his third and more powerful pacemaker with an internal defibrillator. Stable only for a few more years, Carl underwent surgery in 2016 to implant a mechanical pump - a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) - to help his heart and keep him alive while awaiting a donor heart transplant. Sadly, suddenly, and unexpectedly last Thursday, Carl suffered a massive brain bleed and stroke, causing damage beyond repair. In death, Carl's last generous act was to donate his corneas, tissue, and long bones to benefit others.
Survivors include Brenda Gaunt of Lincoln; his parents, Miron and Louise Jenness of Wayne; his children, Brandon (Lidia) Jenness of San Diego, Calif., Wade (Lyndsy) Jenness of Bloomfield and Ann Jenness of Arlington; grandchildren, Lillian, Josiah, Brayden, Lauren, Sienna, and Jaysen; brother, Vince (Cindy) Jenness of Waterloo, Iowa; sister, Ann (Bryan) Ruwe of Wayne; and, Brenda's family, Natalie and Greg of Denver, Colo.; and, Drew and Jessi, with Magnolia, Heidi, Eloise, and Serra of Lawrence, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur and Esther Jenness, and Carl and Clarabelle Fank.