KYLE – Loyola Joseph “Joe” Janis, Sr., 79, made his journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City.
Joseph Loyola “Joe” Janis was born on February 26, 1938 in Pine Ridge to Ellen Lorene (Rouse) Janis and Edward Janis Sr.
When Joe was 17 years old, he joined Company A 81st Medium Tank Battalion, with the 5th Armored Victory Division in 1956. On July 29, 1957 he had completed his courses and became a Tank Commander, Operator and Mechanic to the Seventh Untied States Army Tank Training Center in Germany. During his time in the service, Joe had traveled around the United States and various other countries, including Europe.
In 1958, Joe had been discharged from the United States Army. He then settled down in Rapid City where he met and married the love of his life, Myrnette Fern (Apple) Janis. Later, they had four children; Ronald Janis, Gregory Janis Sr., Craig Janis Sr., and Joseph Loyola Janis Jr. “Lil Joe”. Joe then moved to Kyle with his family where he was self employed, owning and operating Son’s Construction with his sons. He spent his life building homes and businesses, including Pine Ridge Hospital and the Civic Center in Rapid City. After ending Son’s Construction in 2002, he was employed with the Oglala Sioux Tribe TERO Board in 2003; serving the Oglala Sioux Tribe for 15 years.
Joe was a loving and caring father, grandfather, uncle, and brother. He loved his family very much, always talking highly of them, especially his grandkids. He was so proud to see how much they grew into young adults with kids of their own. He always said, “I never thought I’d be able to see this day”, every time a great-grandbaby was born. Joe was always happy he would bring a joke out of nowhere and have you laughing even on your saddest day. He made a great impact on many of our lives. He was like a father to many of us. For that, he will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
Joe is survived by his sons, Gregory (Becky) Janis Sr., Craig (Jodi) Janis Sr., and Loyola “Lil Joe” (Donnetta) Janis Jr., all of Kyle; brothers, Albert (Ruby Clifford) Janis of Kyle and Tommy (Josephine) Janis of Kansas; sister, Jeannie (Terri) Ashley of Rapid City; daughter-in-law, Josie Janis of Kyle; nephew, Richard (Marlene) Janis Jr. of Martin; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Janis Sr. and Ellen (Rouse) Janis; wife, Myrnette Fern (Apple) Janis; brothers, Edward Jr., Harry, Otto, Richard “Bud” Janis, Robert “Robbie” Janis, James “Jim” Janis and Albert Xavier Janis; sisters, Edna, Theresa, Aurea and Dorothy Janis; son, Ronald Janis; and grandsons, Ryan Janis and Anthony Janis.
Two night wake services was held March 30 and 31 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Hall in Kyle. Funeral services were held April 1, 2017 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Hall, with Father Rick Abert, S.J. officiating. Traditional Lakota services held by Mr. George Apple. Burial services were held at St. Stephen’s Catholic Cemetery in Kyle.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.