James Janisch, 93, of Sulphur Springs, died Aug. 21, 2016, at his home.
He was born as Harrison Fred Janisch in Omaha , Neb., Sept. 3, 1923, to Fred M. Janisch and Irene Pettygrove Janisch. He graduated from high school in Oxford, Neb., in 1941. After working at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, Calif., and California Shipbuilding in San Pedro, Calif., he attended William Jewell College, Liberty Mo., before joining the self-supporting Christian community called Shiloh in Sherman, NY. He became known as James Janisch and was occupied for a time as herdsman on the community farm and later a cake decorator in the newly forming bakery. After the demise of the community’s founder, Rev. E. Crosby Monroe, and the subsequent passing of his son and successor, Pastor Raymond C. Monroe, in 1962, James became the pastor of the Shiloh Community. During that time and under his leadership, the community of Shiloh and all of its business interests, including Shiloh Farms, were moved in 1968 to Sulphur Springs. In 1972, the Church of Shiloh was established, John Pressnall became Janisch’s associate pastor. James’ passion was teaching and sharing his love for the Lord Jesus Christ and the need for all mankind to know him.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Audrey Neebe Janisch.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Anna Lee Sevak Janisch; a foster daughter, Marcy and husband Harris Steele, of Sulphur Springs; one brother, Fred and wife Donna Janisch, of California; two sisters, Ruth Karen and husband Keith Bradley of Nebraska, and Ann Louise and husband Gerald Eller of Arizona; one brother-in-law, Steve Sevak and wife Patty of Sulphur Springs.
A memorial service was held Sept. 3, at Ramoth, 700 Lodge Dr., Sulphur Springs, with Steve Sevak officiating. Cremation arrangements were by Callison-Lough Funeral Home of Bentonville.