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James J.J. Jacobs

1932 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
James J.J.Jacobs

Hawarden, Iowa ~ James Juan Joseph Jacobs, 83 years, 1 month, and 25 days, of Hawarden, passed away suddenly on Monday, September 7, 2015.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden with Pastor Larry Nilson officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Friday, with the family present from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden. Condolences may be sent to

James Juan Joseph Jacobs was born July 13, 1932 in Farmington, Minnesota to William and Esther (Troseth) Jacobs. He grew up in Minnesota and Hawarden, Iowa and started working construction with his father's construction business. He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955.

He returned to Hawarden and continued in the construction business. In 1962 he married Jacqueline Irvin in Bedford, Iowa. They were married for 53 years. Their children are Machelle (Mark) Hoines of Yankton, South Dakota, Tamela (Paul) Eilts of Ireton, Iowa, Deborah (Nick Smith) Jacobs of Washington, DC and their son Mark, who died in an accident in 1979. Their grandchildren include Josh (Colleen) Bye, Anna (Leif) Gibler, Elizabeth (Nate) Anderson, Elise Eilts who died as an infant, William Eilts and Ellis Eilts. Great-grandchildren are Olivia Bye and Leo James Anderson. James is also survived by his siblings, Edward Jacobs of Wisconsin, Lu Watson and Jackie Rippe of Minnesota and Jolene (Louis) Miller of Colorado.

Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 10, 2015
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