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Jans Gustav Melby

November 29, 1963 - June 12, 2017


Jeff Thorne

mina SD

Jans was always a good person and friend for many years. I grew up with Jans and he lived life as good as anyone should have he was one of the friendliest people that you will ever meet. Jans will be missed by many.

Peggie (Friman) Larsen

Pierre SD

Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Jans!

Misty Myers

Sturgis, SDak

Heaven has gained a wonderful angel. I'm going to miss Jans. I'm glad I got to meet this wonderful man and take care of him. I wish I had known him before. The stories he told were great. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Dave Taylor

San Antonio

R.I.P Jans. Thoughts and prayers to the Melby family.

Brenda Heckenlaible

Palm Springs, CA

I am truly shocked and saddened to lear of Jans passing. I went to high school with him, truly one of the kindest men that I have ever known. A real gentleman. Sending my heartfelt sympathies to his family. May God comfort you at this very difficult time. 🙏🏼😢

Belle (Vice) Thompson

Spearfish, SD

He will be missed.

Beth (Newling) Hansen

Inman, NE

Jans was a cool guy. I remember when he would drive bus when I was in high school. Such a sweet man. So sorry for your loss.

Matt Osborne

Highland, Illinois

Kyle and Lisa Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Many great memories from Madelia and basically living at the swimming pool and on the Watonwan River. My mind is just flooded with all the fun that Jans,Kyle, Matt and Stacy had in Madelia. Everyday day was a new adventure with a lot of laughter. That is what I remember most about Jans, always happy and making everyone around him happy.

Verna Harlan


I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. I barely knew him but I got to know him through work. He would always come and make sure everything was going well for me while I was pregnant. Even after I transfered to a new town he would see how I was doing whenever he came over and he never forgot who I was. Rest In Peace.

Brad Stewart

Orange Park, FL

Even though I knew Jans as Kyle's brother since high school, it was in the past two years where I had the opportunity to experience the giving and unselfish nature of Jans where in short time we became brothers...just from different mothers. I was truly blessed to have had Jans as a friend!!

Rich and Carol

Yankton, SD

With heartfelt sympathy we are thinking of the Melby family, and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember Jans.

Karen (Heckenlaible ) O

Winner, SD

I always enjoyed talking with Jans when I lived in Pierre and when he delivered to Winner. He was a wonderful guy who will be missed. Sending you hugs, prayers, and my sympathy.

Matt Osborne

Highland Illinois

Many great memories of Jans. Always had a smile on his face no matter what were doing. We did a lot together along with Kyle and my brother Stacy. Snowmobiling, Madelia Swimming Pool, Watonwan River along with fishing in Pierre on the Missouri. Many great times and memories of a great person.

Roberta Odson

Ft Mohave As, formerly Lead

Remember him coming in Dakota Mart gas every morning on way to work. The was always a comedian. Love to see him, he brightened your day.

Kyle Melby

Loveland, CO

Rest in Peace my Brother. I miss you many things unsaid and undone. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the Faith. Love you Jans...

scott richardson

pierre, sd

Kyle: I hope you get this note. Was totally blown away at hearing this news today from my sister Julie from Midland. I am retired and don't get out much anymore and I'm sure sad to hear of Jans leaving us so tragically soon! A real shame- Please email me on the particulars and I will call if I can locate your number. Thanks. Scott Richardson

Corey & Keri Wanner

Mandan, ND

Jans, you will definitely be missed. We may have not seen you the last few years but you were always a thought away as we reminisced our Black Hills snowmobile trips. You were as much of a fixture in our snowmobile world as Trailshead Lodge and we couldn't wait to see that awesome smile of yours and get one of those famous hugs. Godspeed Jans, sending all of your family and friends our deepest sympathies. You will truly be missed!

Shon LeBeau

Pierre, SD

Jans was a good friend and I will miss him. He would do anything he could to help anyone. He will truly be missed. Rest in peace, my friend. Shon and family

Deb (Sayler) LaBrie

Pierre SD 57501

Jan's you were such a sweet guy! You were taken way too young! You will be missed!! RIP my friend! 🙏👼

Connie Ingle Strahl

Rapid City, SD

What a wonderful guy who always had a big smile for anyone! He is someone you will always remember when you think about growing up in Pierre.

Cindy Bernard

Lead, SD

Jans you were one of 2 rare men I hav had the pleasure to call my friend. You were always ther with a smile and you made our lives richer for having known you. I'm going to miss our hugs and you. Rest In Peace. You are loved by all.

Don & Alice Pesicka

Ft. Pierre, S. D. 57532

A friend of ours for always ... Kyle : Sorry to hear of all this and for sure of your accident AS WELL . . . take real good care . . Don & Alice

Lena(Burtts) Hammell

Chamberlain SD

Jans-You were such a great gentle guy. Rest in Peace. Hugs and Prayers with our heartfelt sympathy.