Jared Kenneth Danielsen, 38, Belleville, Ill., died unexpectedly at his home Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, and a light went out in southern Illinois.
He was born Jan. 17, 1983, to Holger and Kathy, nee Boessen Danielsen.
He attended and graduated from St. Teresa’s Elementary School and Althoff Catholic High School and was a 2004 graduate of Saint Louis University with a degree in Management Information Systems.
While Jared’s extracurricular passions were Westie dogs, sports and gaming, including the management of multiple fantasy football leagues, his career plan was to work in his family’s business, AA Paper Collectibles in O’Fallon, Ill., eventually taking it over from his parents.
Jared was the heart of his family, whom he always put before himself, and remained devoted to caring for his mom and dad until the day he left this world. Even as a child, Jared was kind, bright, funny, full of life and often full of mischief. He truly was loved by everyone who knew him and all of us so lucky as to have counted him among our own, were better for it.
Jared’s brothers, cousins and lifelong friends have shared a thousand memories of him with the overwhelming sentiment being that Jared was not only loyal, fair, honest and inclusive, he was just plain FUN. His goal in any gathering, activity or event was to make sure that everyone had a good time and left with great memories and the certainty that the next time they all got together, it would be even more epic than the last. And it always was. In that spirit to honor Jared, please join his family and friends for the memorial services listed below.
He was preceded in death by his godfather and uncle, Kenny Boessen; uncle, Pat Boessen; maternal grandparents, John and Melba Boessen; and paternal grandparents, Holger Danielsen Sr. and Louella McFall.
Jared is survived by parents, Holger and Kathleen, both of Belleville; brothers, Hoke Danielsen of Kansas City and Keith Danielsen; nieces, Kelsey and Keely; nephew, Kellen Danielsen, all of Florida; paternal uncle, John McFall of Pattonsburg; paternal aunt, Sandra Howard of Sprout Springs, Va.; maternal aunts and uncles, Linda Boessen Kress and husband Pat of Kansas City, Carolyn Boessen Casteel of Hartsburg, Mike Boessen and wife Denise of Columbia, Joann Boessen (widow of Kenny), John P. Jr. Boessen and wife Bev and Melody Boessen Link and husband Brian, all of Loose Creek and Chris Boessen of Ames, Iowa; and dozens of cousins in a large extended family across the country.
A memorial visitation was held Saturday, Oct. 9, at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Belleville, Ill. followed by a memorial service. Attendees were invited to wear their favorite sports jersey or t-shirt if they wished.
Arrangements entrusted to George Renner & Sons Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill.