Jared Menken

Jared L. Menken

Wednesday, October 12th, 1977 - Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Jared Menken, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Jared Menken

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Jared's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Jared's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist


Jared Levi Menken, age 42, of Jefferson City, MO, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Jared was born on October 12, 1977 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Gordie and Shirley (Zellmer) Menken. Growing up in Cedar Rapids, Jared attended special education classes in school, which he later finished in Jefferson City. Jared completed his education program and graduated in 1999. He recently enjoyed attending the day program at Day Solutions where he could make friends, continue to learn life skills, spend time and volunteer in our community.

Jared was a hard worker and enjoyed every minute of being employed in the restaurant industry for the past 20 years. He was employed with Pizzeria Napolitana, Red Lobster, and most recently, Longhorn Steakhouse. Each morning he would get ready for work and then sit on the couch and just smile. If asked why he was smiling he would always tell you, “Can’t wait to go to work”.

Jared was a member at Our Saviors Lutheran Church and attended weekly services with his parents. He had many great friends through church and enjoyed the contemporary music at worship.

Jared had an amazing memory and never forgot a moment, a person or a place. He could remember everything from details from a family vacation when he was a young child to appointments coming up 6 months from now. One of his unique gifts was his ability to read and understand maps. He would spend many hours studying atlases and more recently exploring Google maps. You could never get lost with Jared in the car. He knew where all of the roads would take you in town and beyond. He could direct you to any town in Iowa, tell you alternative highways you could take or the counties you would drive through to get there. Whenever Jared was on the computer you could walk through the room and ask where he was on Google maps. His answers were amazing. He could be in front of a motel the family stayed at on vacation, out in California or traveling up to visit family and friends in Iowa. He always traveled at street level as if he was driving himself wherever he wanted to go and always knew which highways would get him there.

Jared loved spending time with family – camping and road trips to family reunions were his favorites. He was happy to watch Garmin lead the way to anywhere the family went, despite the fact he knew the directions just as well as the GPS. When traveling Jared's favorite classic country station, Willie’s Roadhouse, would always be on. This was not a choice, it was just understood. Jared was also accompanied by his friend Alf, from the 80's television show. Jared loved the sit-com with the fuzzy brown alien when he was a child. Jared saw a stuffed Alf while shopping one day and asked for one. This was the only thing Jared ever asked for throughout his lifetime, except for a new Atlas each year to replace the one he wore out. Alf was Jared's friend from this day on. Jared talked to Alf each night before bed, gave him a kiss and told him goodnight. It only seemed appropriate to send Alf and an atlas with Jared on his way to heaven.

Growing up in Iowa, Jared was a lifelong supporter of the University of Iowa. He followed the Hawkeyes across many sport events. It didn't matter if it was football, basketball, or any other sport as long as Iowa was playing. He could always be counted on for High Fives and a "Go Hawks!" cheer throughout the game.

His family and friends will sorely miss his loving spirit and kind heart. Jared always thought of others first. One of his greatest talents was making anyone around him feel loved and important. He truly enjoyed visiting and learning about people. That love was usually returned to Jared because he was blessed with many friends.

Survivors include: his parents, Gordie and Shirley Menken of Jefferson City, Mo.; his siblings, Jodi Heiserman (Erick) of Cedar Rapids, IA. and Jason Menken (Heather Brown) of Jefferson City; his nieces and nephew, Mackenzie Heiserman, Michael Heiserman, Molly Heiserman and Madison Menken; a great-aunt and many aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

Jared was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Lela Menken, and maternal grandparents, Ernest and Alvena Zellmer.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Jefferson City, Mo.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with the Reverend Scott Musselman officiating.

As a tribute to Jared, the family invites all who attend to "come as you are" and to wear your black and gold. Jared didn't care for dressing up at all and he would want everyone to join him in one last Hawkeye cheer before he goes. Go Hawks! and Go Jared! We love you and will miss you, but Heaven has gained the greatest man any of us will ever know.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Day Solutions Foundation, 2725 Merchants Drive, Jefferson City, MO. 65109.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.
Read Less

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jared L. Menken, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Jared
  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    Our Savior's Lutheran Church
    1529 Southwest Blvd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Please note this visitation and service is a week from this Saturday.
  • Service

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Our Savior's Lutheran Church
    1529 Southwest Blvd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Scott Musselman


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Jared here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Grace, Julia and Jerry sent flowers to the family of Jared L. Menken.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Grace, Julia and Jerry

Posted at 03:03pm
We are thinking of you all with love and hugs!
Flower Image

Grace, Julia and Jerry purchased the The FTD Vibrant Sympathy Planter and planted a memorial tree for the family of Jared Menken. Send Flowers


Rhonda Lindsay

Posted at 03:39pm
I did not know this young man or any of his family but I wish I did. It sounds like he loved life, his family and his many adventures. My sincere condolences to all who loved him.

Mike Murray

Posted at 05:56pm
He used to watch Eric and others ride dirtbikes. He would root for Eric to beat everyone else.
He really made those gatherings fun.

Sarah Stieferman

Posted at 09:59pm
Our sympathy to Shirley and Gordie! I wish that i would have gotten to know Jared when i picked up the grandkids. His obituary sure made me feel like i knew him. Very well written and what a lovely man. Prayer and hugs to all that knew and loved him.

LaVon Steere

Posted at 09:37am
Praying for comfort for your family , from LaVon Steere

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: