Date of Death: March 28, 2022
Memorial Service will be Friday, April 22, 2022 at Bethany Chapel, 15130 Millard Road, Three Rivers, MI. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM. Service at 11:30 AM. Luncheon will follow at the church.
Richard Jacobs passed away peacefully at the age of 95 with the presence of his family, at Safe Haven, Three Rivers, MI. Monday March 28, 2022.
Richard was born August 31, 1926 in White Pigeon, MI. He served his country during WW II, Seaman first class. He married the love of his life Joan Peters. January 1, 1948. He was a bricklayer for many years. He loved, fishing, gardening, family, and turtle trapping. Richard was actively involved in the American Legion, VFW, and food distribution. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Edith, nine siblings, Mary Mueller, Elmer, Roy, Dale, Frank, Melvin, Clifford, Raymond and Mildred. Daughter Jill Pagels, one grandson Daniel Pelfrey. He is survived by his wife Joan Jacobs, son Alfred and Jennie Jacobs, Sisters Martha Ruggles of Three Rivers, Marie Cole of Kalamazoo, and a brother David and Jane Jacobs of Constantine.
Richard showed kindness to others and lived his life full of zest.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion, VFW or Wounded Warriors. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of his arrangements.
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What a life! We are praying for all of you in your loss. We will remember his love of family, his humor and his stories. Whether they were about fishing or family his stories drew a person in and there was usually more than a laugh or two as well! May God give you His peace and comfort as you remember Dick—father, grandfather and great-grandfather to people we love.
Dick was a customer at my dad’s service station I have known him since I was a teenager. He was the kind of person you would always be glad to see. He was funny and really nice guy! He was part of the greatest generation. I wish everyone today could be like dick and the people like him. Rest in peace dick it has been an honor knowing you.
Uncle Dick will forever be in our hearts. Although we didn’t spend a lot of time together over the years, he ALWAYS made me feel like I was a cherished member of the family. He would welcome me with with a big bear hug and always had joke. His stories of his youth with my grandpa Cliff and his many brothers still bring a smile to my face. The story of bringing a skunk into a movie theater is the best! He was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed. He will definitely keep God on his toes up in heaven.
Rest in peace Dick and thank you for your good friendship, your good work and the homemade wine. By the way, I still have a rain-check coming for another glass of the special stuff! I met Dick about 28 years ago, while he was trapping turtles on the Hoffman Mill Pond. Dick has accomplished many masonry jobs for me over the years. I think of him every time I light up a fire in my beautiful fireplace Dick re-worked for Lynda and I. He was an outstanding and accomplished masonry artist… no one better.
He also used to clean my fish for me. I was a slow learner, so he would do another for me. Now I wish I would have paid closer attention. Dick also appreciated his Tallons Out sponsored trip to the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. Yep, one doesn’t in a lifetime, have the pleasure I have had by meeting Richard Jacobs.
Tom, you may try my uncle Al’s wine.. I’m sure he would let you!
Dick and I did a lot of the food site work together. We also gathered potatoes and I helped with carrots a few times. He was an amazing man. Thanks to his generosity hundreds of families were fed thousands of meals over the years. I enjoyed his sense of humor immensely. One never knew what he would say or when he would say it. His wife would smile and at times shake her head. He lived by the golden rule. It was an honor to be considered a friend of his. I would like to be invited to his funeral if it is allowed (I realize that there may only be a few people allowed to attend and, in that case, would not expect to be invited). I am truly sorry for your loss.
You are free to attend Richard’s memorial service. It will be at Bethany Chapel on Millard Road in Three Rivers. We have placed an ad in the Three Rivers paper and Kalamazoo Gazette.