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John Jacobs - WB3FOX - SK (Oct. 29, 2012)

Huntingdon, PA



The Daily News, Huntingdon, PA

John Bollinger Jacobs
Retired from Owens-Corning Fiberglass

John Bollinger Jacobs, 89, of 9091 Ponderosa Road, Huntingdon, Henderson Township, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Altoona Regional Health System.

Born Jan. 21, 1923, in Huntingdon, he was the son of the late Harry Leister and Elmyria Edith (Bollinger) Jacobs.  He was united in marriage to the former Star Burnice Masquelier May 6, 1944, in the First Presbyterian Church, Lawton, Oklahoma, by the Rev. Thompson Gene Hodges.  Mrs. Jacobs survives at their Huntingdon residence.

Mr. Jacobs is survived by nine children, Linda Star Kyler and husband, Kenneth D., of Trough Creek Valley; John Leister Jacobs of Huntindon and partner, Toni Cooper, of Baytown, Texas; Susan Jane Wolfe and husband, David, Tallahassee, Florida; Peggy A. Briggs and husband, Daryl, of Shirleysburg; Jeanette M. Finkle and husbandm Thomas, of Mill Creek; Sandra E. Metz and husband, David, of Enfield, Maine; Leona "K" Hamilton and husbandm Robert, of James Creek; Robert P. Jacobs and partner, Tina Prough, of Huntingdon; David L. Jacobs of McVeytown; 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a sister, Jane Hearn and husband, Robert, of Huntingdon.

Mr. Jacobs was preceded in death by a sister, Margarite Endres; a grandson, Dustin Jacobs; and two great-grandchildren, Amanda Cramer and Donald Hollingshead.

He was a member of the Mount Zion Lutheran Church.

Mr. Jacobs served as a Tech Sgt. in the United States Army headquarters battery of the 25th Field Artillery Battalion stationed in Rhineland, Elbe River and Hurgen, Germany, from April 9, 1941 until his discharge July 22, 1945.  He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal with on bronze star, the American Theatre Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with three bronze stars and the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat.  His military specialty was communications and he had attended the U.S. Ground Forces Communications School.

He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He was a certified Ham Radio operator and taught Ham Radio at the former Huntingdon County Vocational Technical School for a number of years.  He also served as a volunteer for the Maritime Emergency System and forwarded many calls from soldiers during war years and served during various emergencies.

Mr. Jacobs was a graduate of Huntingdon High School.

He Retired from Owens-Corning Fiberglass Dec. 31, 1984, after 30 years of service as an electrician.

A lifetime resident of Huntingdon County, he had resided at his Henderson Township residence since June 1957.  He loved animals and nature.

Private graveside services will be held in Mt. Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Huntingdon, with the Rev. Stephen Dutcher officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Jacobs to the Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 Schoolhouse Hollow Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cutright Funeral Homes - Smithfield Chapel, 313 Fairgrounds Road, Huntingdon.