Mass Of Christian Burial for Carl Jenness, age 61, of Lincoln, formerly of Wayne is at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
The Visitation was also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Wayne Monday from 4:00 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
Arrangements were done by Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne. He was burried at Interment Greenwood Cemetery Wayne. He passed away Thursday, April 11th, at a Lincoln Hospital. Memorials may be directed to the Jenness family for later designation.
Carl Jenness was born in Wayne, Nebraska on April 28, 1957 and passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 11, 2019 at the age of 61.
Carl spent his early childhood in Ida Grove, Iowa, and returned to Wayne at age 6. 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, South Dakota, 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.
Carl leaves behind his love, Brenda Gaunt of Lincoln; his parents, Miron and Louise (Fank) Jenness of Wayne; his children, Brandon (Lidia) Jenness of San Diego, California, 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 & Greg of Denver, Colorado; and Drew & Jessi, with Magnolia, Heidi, Eloise, and Serra of Lawrence, Kansas.
Carl was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur and Esther Jenness, and Carl and Clarabelle Fank.