Janice Hermansen passed away suddenly, September 12, 2014 in Reno, Nevada. Janice was born to William and Delia Dogan McCain in Twist, Arkansas on March 24, 1941. She was the youngest of seven children. The family moved to Memphis, Tennessee after her father passed. Janice met Kenneth Eugene Hermansen, her husband of 56 years, in Memphis. Ken was in the Navy and the couple moved from duty station to duty station. Three sons were born to them, Kenneth Jr., Bret, and Dale. When Ken retired from the Navy in 1977, the family moved to Ely, Nevada. They bought the wrecking yard and renamed it Ken’s Used Auto Parts. Later the name was changed to Ely Auto Dismantlers. Janice was a secretary and bookkeeper and had worked for Western Auto and Ely Motor Supply before devoting her time to the family business. In the 1980s, she opened Toys Galore in East Ely before moving it downtown to the Zorko Electric building. She stayed there until 1990, when they bought the building in East Ely, from the Birch family and, opened up Jan’s and Toys Galore. With Jan’s, she added women’s and children’s clothing and shoes. She loved going to Los Angeles on buying trips. In 1995, they closed the business and moved to Bullhead City, Arizona. She achieved her realty license and worked with Bullhead Laughlin Realty. Jan and Ken were some of the original house “flippers”. They bought and fixed up houses and sold them, both in Ely and Bullhead City. They enjoyed the Elks Lodge and joined a camping club. They had the grandchildren down for visits in the summers and took them out to the lake and the river boating and camping. The last few years, Jan was a caregiver to her husband.
Janice is survived by her husband, Ken. Sons, Ken Jr. (Leasa), Bret (Cricket), and Dale (Brenda), seven grandchildren, Cody (Maryah), Kyle, Mike (Clarissa), Brady, Meagan, Andrew, and Elizabeth. One great grandson, Braxton. She is survived by two brothers, Pete and Donald McCain and one sister, Evelyn Squire, and numerous nieces and nephews. She leaves behind many close friends, Mike and Lorena Irvin, John and Margaret Thiel, Toni, and Melinda to name a few.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Leonard McCain and her sisters, Mildred King and Edith Meyers.
She will be always in our hearts and we will miss her determination and enthusiasm. Her sparkling eyes and contagious smile will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
There will be a service for Janice on October 11, 2014, at 1pm, in Reno, Nevada, with a celebration of life to follow at 9880 Crystalline Dr. Reno, NV 89506.