Gordon E. “Jake” Jacobs

August 14, 1925 ‒ October 08, 2014

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Gordon E. “Jake” Jacobs of Mansfield passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon October 8, 2014 in Ohio Health MedCentral Hospital. He was 89.

Born August 14, 1925 in Dayton, he was the son of John & Letty (Evans) Jacobs. After college, he was employed as an optician and eventually followed the job to the Mansfield area. He worked for over 40 years with the same company (through multiple name changes) and retired from Interstate Optical in 1987.

On October 28, 1961 he married Ruth and together the pair raised two boys. In spare time, Jake enjoyed golfing, watching sports on TV (especially the Cincinnati Reds and the Ohio State Buckeyes) and playing Euchre in various senior centers around town with his wife.

His family will remember him for his witty humor, kind spirit, and his positive outlook on life.  Jake knew how to inspire the best in people by being slow to scold and quick to praise.

He was a member of the Church of the Cross in Lexington, Mansfield Liederkranz, and a former member of Lexington-Shelby Elks Lodge #2553.

Jake is survived by his wife Ruth Jacobs of Mansfield; two sons and a daughter-in-law Jim & Martha Jacobs of Chagrin Falls, OH, and Randy Jacobs of Columbus, OH; twin grandchildren Holly Jacobs of Rock Hill, SC and Spencer Jacobs of Chagrin Falls, OH; two nieces Dixie (Jerry) Archer, and Ava (Ken) Laws; and a nephew John (Pam) Jacobs.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers Jim Jacobs and John “Barney” Jacobs.

The Jacobs family will receive friends Saturday, October 11 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will follow at 12 p.m. Rev. Susan Lausch will officiate and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park in Lexington, OH.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Jake’s family and condolences to them may be made at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Hi Randy,

    I am really sorry to hear of your father’s passing. It’s very hard to loose a parent. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Susan

  • I am so very sorry for the loss of Mr. Jacobs. May memories of his life comfort you in this time of sorrow.

  • Randy – Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • Ruthie: I am so sorry to hear of Jake’s passing. He was such a nice man. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless Marilyn

  • Ruthie & Family,
    So sorry to hear of Jake’s passing. He was a gentle man and so soft spoken. I enjoyed playing euchre with him. Never got upset over getting euchred. He said, “It’s only a game.”
    Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss. Sandy

  • Randy, I’m so sorry to hear about your Father. You and your family are in our prayers. Carrie

  • Randy- My prayers are with you and I am sorry for your loss. Let me know if I can help you in any way. Scott

  • Randy and family, So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I know how much this has been a difficult time for you. While I never had the chance to meet him myself, I’m sure he was a wonderful person. I can see where you got your love for the Reds and the Buckeyes from! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jake and Randy, So sorry to hear about your father passing away. He was a terrific and fun guy with a great sense of humor, he will be missed by everyone that knew him. My condolences to Ruthie. Wish I could be in town for the funeral to comfort your loss but maybe since we’re so far away I’ll just hoist a couple of cold ones in memory of “Jake” this weekend.

    • You bet Bob.
      Still can’t believe he is gone. Heart attacks take them so quick.
      Wish we could get together to share thoses cold ones.
      Thanks, Jake Jr.

  • Ruthie and family, Jake was such a special Euchre playing buddy and I for one will miss his weekly hugs, plus he always had something to tell that made me smile. He was SPECIAL!!! Sending you my sincerest sypmathy with with lots of love and hugs.

  • to Ruth as many others I love to play cards and vist with both of you he will be missed by many people love marie giesige

  • We were so sorry to hear of you father’s passing. We hope all of your good memories carry you through this time.

    Take care,

    Kendall and Judy

  • We send our heartfelt sympathy to Jim, Martha, Holly and Spencer, and to Ruth and Randy and all the family. We regret not being there to support you all at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. We were fond of Jake Sr. He was such a pleasure to be with. We will especially pray for Ruth.
    May God give you all that you need.
    Love, Pam and Mark

  • We are so sad to hear about Jake Sr’s passing last week!!! I hope you will find comfort in the memory of what a wonderful person he was, so kind and loving, and how lucky you all were to have such a wonderful husband/father/grandfather!! Love, the Iorios – Clark, Beth, Chris and Dan