03/05/1957 - 10/28/2021
Service Date: 11/20/2021
Service Time: 10 AM
Service Location: Jester Park Lodge, 11121 NW Jester Park Dr, Granger, Iowa

Queen Creek, AZ – Janice Elouise (Byers) Rost, 64, died Thursday, October 28, 2021, experiencing the culmination of her abiding faith in God through Jesus Christ. Yes, absent from the body but forever present with the Lord.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jeffery Rost (Queen Creek, AZ), and her three children, Brandon (Jenni) Rost of Marshalltown, IA, Alyssa (Steve) Handel of Gilbert, AZ, and Riley (Jessica) Rost of Homewood, AL, as well as 8 grandchildren.

Janice was born in 1957 in Oskaloosa, IA to Jerry and Louise Byers, now deceased. A middle child of five children, three sisters – Joleen Gerber (IA), Joyce Mattox (IA), Martha Kindley (IA) and brother Bruce Byers (OK), she grew up supporting her family’s businesses and playing heartily at her grandparents’ farm.

Janice began her faith journey at an early age, following after Jesus and experiencing life changing grace through His sacrificial death on the cross. This relationship with her Savior, and her desire to know Him, love Him, and pattern her life after Him, became her purpose. She graduated from Pella High School in 1975 and went on to attend Cedarville University where she met Jeffery Rost, her husband-to-be; they married and soon moved to Iowa where they raised their family.

As a wife and mother, Janice began pursuing her creative gifts of floral design and interior design that she expressed in the home and workplace. She enjoyed avidly supporting her children in their school and sports activities and serving with her church family. Meanwhile, Janice had an active real estate sales career in Waverly, Iowa for more than 20 years until her retirement.

Retirement led Janice and her husband to sunny Arizona where they embraced the desert landscape and lifestyle, exploring the West and sharing other travel opportunities with friends. She made her home a welcoming space to host others, joined various Bible study opportunities and lavished her role as Grandma to nurture her beloved grandchildren. Janice was one of the original moderators of the Decorah-based Bald Eagle live-stream, a Raptor Resource Project, for more than a decade. Eventually she became the lead moderator for the Decorah North Nest. She was warmly known as BremerBirdFan to thousands. She was introduced to the eagle forum by her sister when it had only 900 views; today it has had more than half a billion views. Janice so delighted connecting with countless friends to share curiosities, her knowledge and affection of such a majestic creation.

Janice was a woman of humble elegance. She enjoyed the simple pleasures in life – raising her favorite coffee mug each morning to her Creator in her appreciation of the rising sun, a new day dawning. Her Arizona church tagline – All of Life is All for Jesus – was her reality and now lives on as her legacy.

A Memorial Service is being held November 20, 10:00 a.m. at Jester Park Lodge in Granger, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to:

Bibles International, 609 36th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548-2317



The Raptor Resource Project, PO Box 16, Decorah, IA 52101


“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31








  • Martha and Rick

    Jeff and family…. Our hearts are broken with the loss of your wife, mother, and my sister. She will forever be loved and missed. She is safe in the arms of her Lord and Savior.

  • Beautifully written. She would be very happy to see that her family understood her passions and love of God. Condolences to all the family.
    Aunt Joyce.

  • What a wonderful testament to Jan’s deep and abiding faith. I came to know Jan through the Raptor Resource Project and always so enjoyed her knowledge and kindness. She will be missed…..praying for all of you as you begin this earthly journey without her sweet presence.

  • Carolyn Whitlock-Osborn

    Jeff and family, near and far . . . Another angel got her wings. Our lives here on earth are short but we will spend eternity with God. Looks like Janice made God proud here by her presence and will now watch over all of you until you see her again.

  • Keith and Cheryl Prince

    What a wonderful and joy-filled testimony!!! Jeff, we are so sorry for the huge hole that must be in your heart!! We have been, and will be praying for you and your family, for God to surround you with His love and peace and joy.

  • Michelle Bowen (Rapinchuk) daughter of George Rapinchuk, first cousin of Jeffery

    We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Janice to this earth, but excited for her life in Heaven. We are praying for you, Jeffery, and the family.

    Our Condolences,
    Michelle on behalf of George Rapinchuk and family

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