Janus Waller of Clarkfield died on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Clarkfield Care Center at the age of 90. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Clarkfield Lutheran Church in Clarkfield with Rev. Deborah Nissen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation with family will be held from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, at Lynner Funeral Home in Clarkfield. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.
Janus Arnold Waller was born on March 19, 1927 at home in Minnesota Falls Township to Oscar Sr. and Ida (Colston) Waller. He grew up in the Minnesota Falls Township area. He served in the United States Navy as a Seaman, First Class.
Following his discharge from the Navy he attended Dunwoody in Minneapolis in the Carpentry Program. He worked in the construction trade for a number of years in the Twin City area, working on such projects as the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport and Ridgedale shopping center. He also drove lumber truck for Lamperts for a period of time.
Janus married Betty Gottsch on August 31, 1951 in St. Paul. They had four children together, Linda, Nancee, James and Jeffrey. The family lived in the Twin Cities until 1973 and then moved to the Clarkfield area where Janus was a partner in Waller and Berg Construction. They did lots of different types of construction but a big part of the business was building Chief Grain Bins.
Janus retired at the age of 62 and until a month ago resided in his home until his move to the Clarkfield Care Center. Janus enjoyed woodworking and could be found making wooden boxes and toys that he would sell at craft sales or give away to family and friends. He was a member of Clarkfield Lutheran Church and in early years would serve as an usher. Janus had many other hobbies including hunting, fishing, and vegetable gardening. He was a big game hunter with hunts in Montana for Elk and Mule deer. When Betty was alive they would enjoy traveling together to all parts of the United State including Alaska and Hawaii. Alaska was his very favorite trip and he would often mention to family and friends how much he enjoyed visiting there.
Family remembers Janus loved dancing and going to parties. Betty and Janus would travel all over southwestern Minnesota to attend dances and gatherings. After Betty died it took awhile but Janus did venture out to dances and just recently as Memorial Day 2017 attended a dance. He was also an accomplished accordion player and would play for family and friends. The residents at Clarkfield Care Center and Vahalla Apartments were just a few people to enjoy his music.
Janus is survived by his children: Linda (Robert) Cloutier, New Hope, Nancee Waller, Elk River, and James (Debra) Waller, Clarkfield; grandchildren: Darrick (Nikki) Waller, Nicholas (Kari) Waller, Jennifer (Bryn) Homuth, Ruth (Kade) Wells, Nathan (Bekah) Waller, Jeff (Addy) Ball, Jeremy Ball, Andrea (Chad) Cloutier Anderson, Melinda (Eric) Cloutier Holm, Robert Nies, John (Renay) Nies, and Steve (Julia) Cloutier ; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers: Oscar Waller, Clarkfield and Charles (Lois) Waller, Aberdeen, SD as well as other extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty in 2012; son, Jeffrey; siblings: Carroll Waller, Ione Foss, Genevieve Torke, Eloise Ellefson, Harvey Waller and Dwaine Waller.