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Kenneth Harlan Jacoby

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NEWTON TWP. — Kenneth Harlan Jacoby, 74, of Newton Township, died Sunday afternoon, March 16, 2014, at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was the husband of Kay Leonard Jacoby. The couple would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this coming September.

Born in Newton on July 10, 1939, he was a son of Johanna Marie Schick Jacoby and the late Kenneth E. Jacoby. He was a 1957 graduate of Newton Ransom High School and was the owner and operator of Jacoby Excavating since 1961.

He was a master mason in the Waverly Lodge #301 F&AM, a 32nd degree mason in the Scottish rite and a member of the Irem Temple.

Ken enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, salmon fishing and traveling in his RV. He was also an avid Boston Celtics fan. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Faith Alaynna Ross.

Also surviving are four daughters, Janis Williams and her husband, Chet, Clarks Summit, Karen Ranocchia and her husband, Mike, New Port Richey, Fla., Sharon Myers and her husband, Allan, Falls, and Heather Ross and her husband, Brian, Clarks Summit; a brother, Robert Jacoby and his wife, Karen, Newton; a sister, Denise Taffera and her husband, Bill, Falls; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family thanks the critical care team at Regional Hospital, especially Lynn, for their wonderful care and compassion.

A funeral service was held at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, with services by the Rev. Paul Fields, pastor of the United Baptist Church of Taylor. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township, PA 18411; or Waverly Lodge #301, 118 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, PA 18411.

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Published in The Abington Journal from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2014