Robert Cowan "Bob" Jacobs

Jacobs, Robert Cowan (Bob)
Robert C. Jacobs age 96 of Litchfield Park, Arizona, passed away peacefully September 14, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 71 years Wanda, sons Milton, daughter-in-law Sherie, Robert, daughter-in-law Tina, and Kenneth. He also leaves five grandchildren, Wendy, Justin, Kelly, Mitchell, and Nathan; two great grandchildren and many other friends and family whose lives were touched and enhanced by his love and mentoring. Bob was born on August 13, 1917 in Hereford Texas. At the age of six he moved with his family to the west side of the valley establishing roots where his father, Frank Jacobs, was employed as a water zanjero for the Salt River Project. Bob graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1935. At the start of World War II, Bob joined the war effort leaving behind various agricultural jobs and dairy farming. He worked in the aircraft industry in Goodyear, AZ and southern California. During this time, he met and married the love of his life, Wanda, on July 3, 1942. After the war Bob started working for Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and settled into what was then the north east side of Phoenix near 20th Street and Indian School Road where he and his wife raised their family. Bob retired from APS after thirty years in 1979. Bob and Wanda enjoyed an active retirement traveling in their motor home, golfing with friends and visiting exotic places like China. Bob was a true family man and cared deeply for his family and friends. Bob, an Eagle Scout himself, maintained an active role in scouting with his sons and continued his leadership in various capacities including Scoutmaster. He positively affected the lives of many people providing experiences and memories that last a lifetime. Bob also served the community as an active member of the Church at Litchfield Park for many years where he and Wanda developed many close and lasting friendships. Bob was a true family man who enjoyed family gatherings and parties with his family and friends. He loved taking his family on regular camping trips, boating, fishing, water skiing and having a good time in the wilds of Arizona. He enjoyed his afternoon glass of wine with his wife and friends where he could explain and resolve all of the world's problems. He was a wonderful father and husband, completely dedicated to his immediate and extended family and friends. He will be missed but his memory and positive influence in the community will continue through the lives of those who were fortunate to have known him. A memorial service will be held at the Church at Litchfield Park Saturday, September21 11:00 am, reception following. In lieu of flowers please send donation in care of the Church at Litchfield, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 18, 2013