Donald Jacobs, 88

Donald Richard Jacobs, 88, of rural LaFontaine, died at 9:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Ala.

He was born June 29, 1928, in Liberty Township, Wabash County, to Henry and  Ola (Roser) Jacobs.

Don was a 1946 graduate of LaFontaine High School.  He married Reba Ulshafer in LaFontaine on June 27, 1947. 

He retired from Dana in Marion after 27 years, was a farmer, and also worked at the Farmers Elevator in LaFontaine.  Don was a member of the LaFontaine United Methodist Church, a 50-plus-year member of the LaFontaine Masonic Lodge, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, and the United Steel Workers Local 7113.  He enjoyed fishing and farming. 

He is survived by his wife, Reba Jacobs of LaFontaine; six children, Diane (Jay) Lawson of Sweetser, Donna (Keith) Duckwall of Van Buren, Richard (Diana) Jacobs and Robert (Kandi) Jacobs, both of Wabash, Ray (Kim) Jacobs of LaFontaine, and Donald (Kim Simon) Jacobs of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Herman Jacobs of Tucson, Ariz.; and his sister, Virginia Campbell of Mesa, Ariz. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, a sister, and his grandson, Jeff Rhoads.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Crystal Jacobson officiating.  Burial will be in LaFontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  Friends may call 2-7:30 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home, with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m.

Preferred memorial is LaFontaine United Methodist Church.

The memorial guest book for Don may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Feb 15