Arden Del Jhanson
October 10, 1937 - May 03, 2021
Obituary For Arden Del Jhanson
Arden Del Jhanson (known to extended family, as Ike) was born on October 10, 1937, in the small town of Elma, in Grays Harbor County, in Washington State. His parents were Herman “Arden” Jhanson (the 5th of eleven children), and Marjory “Margie” Church (the 2nd of eleven children). He passed away peacefully in his sleep, from heart failure, May 3, 2021 After graduating from Elma High School, Arden served in the U.S. Navy. He received a good conduct medal while serving, and learned electronics. He was then hired by IBM, where he met Larry Samuelson at the Seattle office. In the fall of 1958, Arden hitched a ride with Larry to IBM school in San Jose, and during this trip, Larry not only led Arden to Christ, but also brought him along on a visit with friends in Reno, Nevada. Larry’s friend Patsy Leighton was also visiting this mutual friend in January of 1959. Larry happily introduced handsome Arden to the lovely Patsy. (A coincidence? I think not.)
Patricia and Arden were married in March 12, 1960, at the Community Home Church, where they continued to attend until the mid-1980’s. They lived for a few years in West Seattle, where they had 3 children. They built a home in Renton WA, on ¾ of an acre, where the number of children doubled in size.
As the kids grew up, dad stayed busy tending to the garden, repairing things around the house, carpentry, working on our cars, or helping neighbors. He built his kid’s bikes from parts from a junkyard, he painted them up, adding baskets, horns or custom handlebars, etc. Dad enjoyed riding motorcycles, and most of his kids enjoyed riding too. When his kids got their own cars, he made sure they knew how to change the oil, and change the tires, etc. Arden had the gift of evangelism. When he offered roadside assistance, he shared the gospel as well. He even brought some home to sleep on the couch and squeezed them in the car with his six kids to attend church Sunday morning.
There was no doubt, Arden loved to have fun. He frequently participated in impromptu wrestling matches inside or out, in addition to many football, volleyball, croquet, and baseball games wherever they popped up. He had many talents, such as drawing cartoon characters, touching his nose with the tip of his tongue, and loved practical jokes, including giving wet-willies or pointing out the window & excitedly telling a child or close relative to look, only to entertain the rest of the dinner table by licking his finger and pretending(?) to stick his finger in the glass of milk at the distracted person’s plate. Roars of laughter at the dinner table were not uncommon.
Halloween was a favorite for the entire family. Our “Halloween box” offered large options of clothing to build a costume from. Eventually Pat made Arden the famed gorilla outfit, and he began the tradition of scaring many close friends and neighbors, sometimes even sneaking into houses through a backdoor, while his kids were knocking at the front door. Oh, the fun the kids had when they heard the women shriek! (This also happened when the Samuelson girls came to visit us, he loved to sneak up on them and make them scream!) As his role of grandpa and uncle grew, he loved to hide rubber snakes, spiders, mice, etc., to entertain the kids.
With the exception of an adventurous year in Colorado, Arden and Pat lived 36 years on that same property in Renton, until Arden retired from IBM a month before he turned 54. They spent the last 21 years living on two acres in the small town of Ravensdale WA where they joined The Ravensdale Bible Church. Arden never stopped tending the garden - always carefully counting things that he picked, whether it was fruits, vegetables or weeds - he literally picked 3000 blueberries one day! Arden cherished visits with his growing family, talking about cars, knives and guns, and meeting with old friends fairly regularly. Over the years, Dad cared dearly for all of his pets - he especially loved having a loyal dog by his side.
Arden will always be remembered for his huge sense of humor, his very creative resourcefulness, and for being eternally a kid-at-heart. He loved hunting and fishing with friends and family. He especially enjoyed fishing with his dad in Port Townsend, and near his sister’s home in Port Angeles, and while camping at Fort Flagler, but especially sockeye in Lake Washington and fishing while on a vacation in Alaska. He loved clam digging & thrilled his children with stories of hunting gooey ducks. He also loved scuba diving in the Hawaiian Islands. He had especially fond memories of our annual trips to Mason Lake and Fort Flagler. Arden was preceded in death by both parents and his sister, Karen Winters, as well as his beloved dogs, Blaze, Torque, Rocky, and Molly. He is survived by his brother, H. Lloyd Jhanson (Lorna); Devoted wife of 61 years, Patricia; Six children: Randall Jhanson (Denise), Teresa Todd (Lee), Julie Scerbik (Brad), Bonnie Lenhart (Dan), Ross Jhanson (Maricel), Eric Jhanson; Eleven grandchildren: Kayla (Matt), Lauren, Joshua (Mickie) , Nathan (Hannah), Taran, Nicole (Saxon), Joel, Steven, Marissa, Noah, Dalton; Two great-grandchildren: Josiah and Jacob; And his devoted dog, Coal.
While in the hospital, Arden shared what he felt was the most important message for his family to be left with, “Keep God first, and read the Bible.”
Arden Jhanson’s Memorial Service
May 15 , 2021
Arden will be laid to rest June 7 at Tahoma National Cemetery
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