Ret. Lt. Col. Guy W. Jacobs

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Ret. Lt. Col. Guy W. Jacobs, age 92, a resident of Lawrence Park Twp. since 1953, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012, at Ball Pavilion. He was born in Steubenville, Ohio on May 3, 1920, the son of the late Guy and Fan Earl Robertson Jacobs. He had been employed at the General Electric Co., where he worked for 39 years and retired as Marketing Manager of Export Sales in 1985. Guy was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the US Army from Texas A&M University in May 1942 and graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. He went on active duty immediately after graduation and served in WW II, spending three years in the Pacific Theater as Platoon and Company Commander in Signal Air Warning and Ground control Radar units. He transferred into the Army Reserves after active duty, graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College, and retired with the rank of Lt. Col. after serving 25 years. Guy had many assignments with the General Electric Co., commencing in Lynn, Mass. as a test engineer, and further as design, production, sales and application of and operating economics of locomotives for all rail systems. He traveled extensively throughout the world and successfully negotiated large contracts with public sector customers in the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Canada. During his early years, he taught Business English and Effective Presentation to GE employees. Later he conducted locomotive application seminars for customers in the USA, Mexico, Indonesia, Taiwan and India. Throughout his career and during his retirement years, Guy was active in his community in the Lions Club, Messiah Lutheran Church, Masonic bodies and GE retiree's organizations. He was a member of the Maennerchor Club, YMCA, Y-Men's Club, G.E.E.R., Zem Zem Shrine, Scottish Rite Consistory Valley of Erie, Pilgrim Lodge #691 F & AM in Steubenville, Ohio, the Legion of Honor unit of the Shrine and a life member of The Retired Officers Association. Guy served in most of the offices of the LP Lions Club and spent many hours promoting the Annual Safety Town event and maintaining the children's cars, buildings, and site. He was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church, serving on church council, as an usher, working on the property committee, and maintaining and improving the church. He enjoyed swimming, was an avid bowler, and most of all, loved spending time with his family and friends. Guy was a general aviation student pilot and also a master woodworker. He designed, produced and copyrighted electric maps and English and Math teaching "games" that he supplied to the city of Erie schools and most of the Erie County schools, in addition to a few out of state. He also invented and produced a pocket tool for quickly measuring existing railroad grades to aid in determining proper locomotive size. Guy is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Schaefer Jacobs, who would have been married 67 years January 2, 2013; two daughters, Ethelynne Cunningham (Craig) of North East, Allyson Kenny (Michael) of Lubbock, Texas, one son, Brian E. Jacobs of Bloomington, Minn.; two brothers-in-law, Dr. Jack Gaisford and Vanderveer Kirk; five grandchildren: Cuyler, Cort and Connor Cunningham, Heather Ashton and David Kenny (Stacy); special family, George, Mendee, Sabrina and Isabelo; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Frances Gaisford and Roseanne Kirk. Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc. East, 2607 Buffalo Rd. on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a Funeral Service at Messiah Lutheran Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. conducted by Rev. Jeffrey Piccirilli. A full military service will follow at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery conducted by American Legion Carl Neff Post 571. Memorial contributions may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, 2025 Eastern Ave, Erie, PA 16510 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505. To send condolences visit,

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 3, 2013
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