Born in Bloomington, Ill., July 20, 1947, to Elmo and Rose Elizabeth (Pittman) Janes. He died on Aug. 28, 2019, at home in Tunas with his family at his side after a short battle with cancer.
He served in the Navy from 1966 to ’70 with two years in Vietnam and two years in the home port of San Diego. He traveled to Japan, Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Guam and Taiwan. The main ship he served on was USS New Orleans, which was troop transport and helicopter support. He was in combat and was honorably discharged.
He returned to Missouri to live with family from town to town, looking for his calling. He met Anna and married in June 1981. They moved to Tunas, God’s country. Thank you to great friends who showed us love and friendship. Thank you to all the neighbors and friends.
He graduated from Stephen Decatur High School, Decatur. In 1983 he graduated from State Fair Community College, Sedalia.
His pastimes were hunting and fishing with a friendly competition with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gwen Banks; brother, Lynn Tennil; and Robert's wife, Anna Marie Tennill.
Survivors include siblings: Joyce Larsen, Marshall, Joe Tennill and wife Robyn, Edmond, Okla., Ronnie Tennill and wife, Alethea, Columbia, Claudia Hutcherson, Marshall; three children: Michele Doss and husband Richard, Marshall, Rebecca Janes, Marshall, Jack Dillon, Rogersville; five stepchildren: Balinda and husband Richard Reeves, Nina Ray, Arkansas, Jeff Blades, Dwayne and wife Cheryl Blades, St. Louis, and Ladena Lake, Florida; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.