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J.H. "Jake" Jacobs

Mar 16, 2012 - Staff

J. H. "Jake" Jacobs, 94, of Powell, and father of Amy Mayes, of Riverton, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at the Powell Valley Healthcare Center.

Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell with military rites. A reception at Rocky Mountain Manor will follow the service.

Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell.

Jewell Harris Jacobs was born Jan. 9, 1918, in Daykin, Neb., to Harrison "Harry" and Harriet (Fogg) Jacobs, the second of seven children. He attended school in Western, Neb., and graduated from high school in 1935.

In 1936, on his way to Idaho, he traveled to Powell, stopping to visit friends and instead made his home there.

On July 3, 1941, he married Roberta Kathryn Jamieson.

For the next four years, he served with the U.S. Navy SeaBees, stationed in the South Pacific.

Returning to Powell, he worked various jobs -- truck driving, general contracting and in 1952, he moved to the Willwood and began farming. With his brother Kerm, he formed Jacobs Brothers Farm. For many years he farmed, growing sugar beets, beans, grain and hay. Several of those years he was honored by Great Western Sugar Company for his sugar beets. In 1982, he retired from farming.

In retirement, he spent time at horseshoe pitching contests, attending the World Horseshoe Tournament twice. His family said he also enjoyed traveling around the Big Horn Basin to various tournaments, enjoyed regular and ice fishing and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Jacobs served several years as president of the Senior Citizens and was a member of American Legion Post No. 26.

He spent the last six months as a resident of Rocky Mountain Manor.

Survivors include his daughter, Amy Mayes of Riverton; grandchildren Kathryn Lewis and husband Daryle of Minden, Nev., Rebecca Kenyon and husband Tony of Riverton and Jon Mayes and wife Alison of Riverton; great-grandchildren, Abigail, Evan and Erin Lewis, Tosha and Tessa Kenyon, and Mackenzie and Kayson Mayes; sisters Gwen Baxter, Belle Jones, Pat Jones and Barb Werbelow and brother Larry Jacobs.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Roberta; parents; brother Kermit Jacobs; son-in-law Doyal Mayes and great-granddaughter Talley Jewell Kenyon.

Memorials may be made to the Rocky Mountain Manor Memorial Fund, 140 N. Cheyenne St., Powell, WY 82435, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are by Thompson Funeral Home of Powell.

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