A Celebration of Life for Jan Lee Paschell, 70, of Bouton will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Lake Robbins Ballroom in rural Woodward. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with services at 11 a.m. and a luncheon following. Burial with U.S. Army Military Funeral Honors will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa.
Jan departed this life Nov. 24, 2021, at the Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa. He was born April 13, 1951, in Perry, Iowa, to the late Barney and Lucille Paschell.
Jan was married to his loving wife, Dee Paschell, Sept. 9, 1992.
Jan loved his country and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era in Germany.
He loved history, amassing a large amount of information on Dallas County and especially the Bouton area. He also did a lot of genealogy, tracing his family tree back to the 1700s and the family’s origins in Europe.
Jan had many jobs throughout his life, starting with Bill’s Conoco in Minburn, with Everett Songer as a farm hand and various places in maintenance, including Child Serve, Des Moines Art Center, Madrid Public School and Garst Seed.
He was an original member of the Bouton Betterment Committee and instrumental in the building of the Bouton Community Center.
Jan served as the city of Bouton’s mayor and council member.
He enjoyed woodworking, cooking/baking and spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren. He loved his dogs, Mandy and Ty, with whom he is reunited in passing.
Jan is survived by his family, his wife, Dee Paschell; three stepchildren, Melissa Simmons, Brian (Gretchen) Holst and Darrin (Laura) Holst; three grandsons, Ben Phillips, Cale Holst and Layton Holst; five granddaughters, Jessica Phillips, Tessa Whitney, Breyonha (Keaton) Rhoades, Hannah Holst and Breelyn Holst; great-grandson, Graham Rhoades; two brothers, Walt (Linda) Paschell and King Paschell; two sisters, Leora (Bob) James and Lyn Wilkinson.
Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Tony Paschell.