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Vintage Sleds, Vintage snowmobiles => The endless trail - In memory of our lost members. => Topic started by: ski-doood on June 02, 2020, 02:49:44 am

Title: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: ski-doood on June 02, 2020, 02:49:44 am
I am sorry to pass along the news that John Jantsch of Wausau Wisconsin lost his battle to cancer.  I think it was early this morning.

John had tons of friends in our hobby and with the Ski-doo crowd.  One of the really nice people in our hobby.

Please keep John's wife Karen and the Family in your thoughts and prayers.

I believe John was only 57?
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: twhite on June 02, 2020, 05:45:46 am
God bless your soul John, truly one of the nicest people I've known.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: sledder1 on June 02, 2020, 11:42:41 am
Happy Trails, RIP
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: Tom Priebe on June 02, 2020, 02:09:08 pm
Truly a gentleman.  I don't know if he ever realized just how many people he touched.  The last picture he texted me was of him and his grandson goofing off eating breakfast.  Loved it!

RIP John
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: 820 on June 02, 2020, 06:51:54 pm
Gosh This is 2 good friends in the last week  :'(
What a Great guy and a good friend
Rest in peace my friend!
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: ifschap on June 03, 2020, 12:03:33 am
I'm so very sorry to here of John's passing. What a great guy!!! The family is in my thoughts and prayers!!! RIP!!
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: tx340 on June 03, 2020, 02:31:12 am
This  is  upsetting news, John has been a great friend to me over the years and helped me with information to write my Vintage Rider stories in SnowTech over the years.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Hal Armstrong
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: ski-doood on June 03, 2020, 03:15:49 am
John had so many friends in the hobby but especially with many in the Ski-doo Crowd.  I know John cherished his friendship with Phil Mickelson and I know Phil felt the same way.  I think John absorbed everything he could from Phil and John passionately kept Phil's Legacy alive for us. Phil was a Ski-doo Historian and John filled Phil's shoes perfectly after Phil's passing.

Saturday morning January 26, 2019, Doug Hayes drove over to pick up an already very sick John to bring John to the Waconia Ride-In to be a VIP Guest Speaker at the evening banquet at the invite of Les Pinz and the MVSS Committee.  John was not well but he was not going to miss delivering his speech and it was special, and I know how much he wanted to deliver it.  Basically it was a very well prepared tribute to Phil.  John had many friends in the audience that evening that really enjoyed it so much. John put on a good show that day downplaying the horrible disease he was dealing with. Doug made sure he made the long trip back home that same evening/morning to get John home to rest and be with his family. 

It was one of many great experiences many of us were lucky enough to share with John.  R.I.P. John
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: Chapguy2 on June 03, 2020, 10:58:39 am
This is so sad !!!! I never met John but, emailed, talked on the phone and texted for about 15 years. He was such a nice guy and so knowledgeable with Ski Doos. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: Tom Priebe on June 03, 2020, 12:53:05 pm
I am posting this for Ramblin' Ray:

I am not a member and donít post on the boards anymore so please indulge me. I was told of the passing of a snowmobile great today. At around 8:30 my friend and old racing buddy Tom Priebe told me John has passed away. In the world you could not find a kinder, smarter, gentler man than John. He helped me with sled builds, knowledge and even legal advice when needed. As Johns cancer progressed, I tried to lift him up with stories of hope, I have worked with cancer survivors and have seen miracles. I told him I would help him get his suspension in his latest Blizz project as he was just too weak from the chemo. I will miss our conversations. His grandkids and family have suffered a tremendous loss. The people I have met because of two skis and a track is enough to fill a book (one that Iím writing). If you are the praying kind, say some for the ones he leaves behind. Because given the news we are seeing he truly is in a better place. May every trail be smooth, every left turn be precise, and may God grant you eternal peace with every hard to find part you ever needed. Rest well my friend

RR 224.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: markxx800 on June 03, 2020, 02:35:40 pm
What a loss..such a great guy. Helped me in soo many ways


Mark
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: bigbert on June 03, 2020, 02:51:20 pm
John and I had been exchanging photos by email almost every week. About 3 weeks ago I asked John if I should hold off on sending more. John just said "Keep them coming"  That would be the last email from John.

Prayers to Johns family and friends.

R.I.P. My Friend

John had sent me these photos.

Dave Olson
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: Triple Z on June 03, 2020, 05:14:37 pm
RIP John.    Met him at Waconia in 07 or so.   Like many of us from this crazy hobby- it was like seeing one of your buddies from when you were 10 years old growing up in the neighborhood.   

So sorry to hear this, our thoughts and prayers to his whole family.     
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: Earl on June 03, 2020, 06:24:52 pm
Rambling Ray:as we all know life is too short , please  reconsider and contribute your knowledge to this site once again....you are missed.....
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: Roseaufan on June 03, 2020, 09:21:52 pm
This hurts.

I met John years ago and was immediately infected with his enthusiasm. John was THEE BEST restoration guy out there. He researched, he got the history right, and he didn't under or overdo the machines he worked on - they were PERFECT.

I think his work on the Trapp Yamaha and Rugland's 76 Ski-Soo SnoPro are two of the best restorations ever done. The really amazing thing about a restoration done right is that the first time you look at them, it's like a time-machine: Your suddenly right back to being a kid staring at that sled in the pits in Alexandria or Eagle River.

On top of that, John was one of those guys I just wanted to help in any way I could (even if he was a ski-doo guy!! LOL) because he would have given me the shirt off his back to help out. He had TONS of very rare photos and depth of knowledge few could match.

Always fun to hang out with and I will really miss this guy - and so will the hobby.

God Speed my friend!
 
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: TOTO on June 04, 2020, 01:21:21 am
very sad news...

I started emailing and speaking with John about 5 years ago and had the pleasure of meeting him in person at the 2019 Waconia snowmobile show.  Even though he was not feeling well, he made it to the show with the help of Dough Hayes, and gave a wonderful speech regarding Phil Mickelson.  I knew he could not miss the opportunity to share his friendship and knowledge he learned from Phil with others.  John took over for Phil in helping people with their old Ski-Doo racing sleds questions, which lead to introductions to a lot of new people, like me.  I just looked in my inbox and the last time I received an email from him was April 10, 2020 - did not know this would be the last time I would learn something from him.  What a wonderful man and a huge loss to the vintage snowmobile community.

Prayers to his family and friends. 
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: Tom Priebe on June 04, 2020, 02:45:34 am
This is my last picture I got from John.  It speaks volumes to those who didn't have the privilege of knowing him.  Lunch with his grandson.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: TOTO on June 04, 2020, 02:48:53 am
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/wausaudailyherald/obituary.aspx?n=john-a-jantsch&pid=196288227&fhid=15190 (https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/wausaudailyherald/obituary.aspx?n=john-a-jantsch&pid=196288227&fhid=15190)
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: 71TXman on June 04, 2020, 03:40:16 am
I am sorry to hear of his passing. Never knew him, but his name is familiar to me, I can tell by these posts he meant a lot to many. God speed John.

Thoughts and prayers with his family, friends and all you guys that know him.

Life is short, cherish it and cherish your family and friends.

Condolences.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: Big Rig Bauer on June 04, 2020, 10:00:19 pm
Well it is slowly sinking in. My Friend, Compadre, and Partner in Crime has passed. Too many decades of memories to put in an E-Mail. I can invision a SKI-DOO R & D department in Heaven where Phil, Stan, Dick Bahr and John are building some crazy stuff while Geo Hayes is looking on just shaking his head saying "YOU BOYS".... I will always miss you my friend. JB
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: ski-doood on June 05, 2020, 02:58:27 am
  JB  -  I can only imagine how tough this is for you.  You guys had something special going on for years and years.  You will always have those memories.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: bigbert on June 06, 2020, 04:37:12 pm
JB    This photo was in the last group of 8 photos I sent John just over a week ago. I don't know if he was well enough to see them. John may have seen that photo before.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: ski-doood on June 07, 2020, 02:01:17 pm
I appreciate the pictures guys.  Thanks
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: bigbert on June 07, 2020, 03:53:50 pm
ski-doood  I have a few more photos (John related) I can add if you don't mind.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: 320ss on June 13, 2020, 02:03:35 pm
I hear it snows every day in Heaven. But you will be missed on earth John!
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: Scubby on June 14, 2020, 11:50:53 am
R.I.P John
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: SLEDRZ on June 19, 2020, 02:26:10 am
I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person but surely appreciated all of his help and advice when I was working on my first Blizzard. After reading the first e-mail he sent me you would have thought that we had known each other for years. The hobby will miss one of the great ones. RIP John.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: bigbert on June 30, 2020, 02:15:03 pm
 Some of Johns friends with his 76 Sno Pro.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: bigbert on July 15, 2020, 03:48:47 pm
John and Yvon.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: bigbert on August 26, 2020, 02:56:14 pm
I think the words on the back of Bill's shirt can apply to many we have lost.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: ski-doood on August 27, 2020, 02:59:50 am
Thanks for all the priceless pictures Bigbert.
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Post by: bigbert on September 01, 2020, 09:02:13 pm
ski-doood I am happy to share them.  I have over 100 photos of Johns Larry Rugland 76 Sno Pro during it's restoration.  I may post a few of those on the Eagle River photo topic I started.
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: RamblinRay on September 29, 2020, 10:06:51 pm
Earl I saw your message. I will drop by from time to time )

Ramblin
Title: Re: R.I.P. John Jantsch
Post by: Earl on September 30, 2020, 12:29:20 am
Ray: I hope all is well with you and family...