Joachim "Jake" Neubauer
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SKOWHEGAN - Joachim "Jake" Neubauer, 80, of Skowhegan went home to be with the Lord, Oct. 30, 2019, surrounded by family. He was born in Buetow, Germany, on May 9, 1939.

His life was not easy, but his smile was. His belief was unwavering; his dedication to God and family unquestionable. He was a survivor of a harrowing wartime escape and an allied concentration camp as a boy in Germany, yet he emerged a mighty man of God. Jake immigrated to America at the age of 12 and grew up in Pennsylvania. He served his adopted country in the Navy as a Photographer's Mate 3rd Class from 1957 until he was honorably discharged in 1961. A lifelong builder, Jake was a man who knew how to do things and do them well; with his expertise, faith, and an unshakable work ethic, he designed and oversaw the construction of the original Sheltered by Jesus homeless shelter in Skowhegan. As an ordained minister, when he preached, Jake talked about God's love with such authenticity that lives were forever changed. His constitution and resiliency were marveled at by all. But greatest of all was his love for Jesus, his wife and best friend Barbara, his children, and grandchildren. He truly practiced that which he preached: Love.

Jake was predeceased by his parents; and six brothers.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Barbara of Skowhegan; his children, Jay and wife Corrie-Jo of Sudbury, Ontario, Vicki and husband Bruce of Vassalboro; Jon and wife Sandy of Norridgewock; and Jeff and wife Angela of Shawmut; his stepchildren, Elizabeth and husband John of Trenton, N.J., Lori and husband Rich of Skowhegan, Monica and husband Phil of Embden, and Susannah and husband Kevin of Anson; as well as 26 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jake is also survived by his sister, Erika and brother, Arnold and his wife, Pat, all of Pennsylvania.

A celebration of life will be held on Nov. 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Trinity Evangelical Church in Skowhegan.

Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, Skowhegan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

Shelters by Jesus

12 McClellan St.

Skowhegan, ME 04976

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Published in Central Maine on Nov. 2, 2019.
Celebration of Life
10:00 AM
Trinity Evangelical Church
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November 21, 2019
From the time I met Jake in late June 2010, he pulled me right into the construction of the Shelter by Jesus project just like a brother. We became very close and I was amazed by how much he knew about construction.

But the real core of his being was his deep love of the Lord Jesus Christ and his absolute trust in Him for everything. I know that the entire ministry was just one miracle after another on the basis of Pastor Berry's and Jake's prayers over that time. His kindness and clever sense of humor in the midst of difficult situations was unbelievable.

I had the privilege of having lunch with Jake and wonderful Barbara several years ago and his presence and sense of humor had that whole restaurant lit up.

Jake, I don't think the Lord's coming is far off - so please, let's sit down at that picnic table again and share that phenomenal brotherhood in Christ!!

Paul Celauro

Paul Celauro
November 2, 2019
It's with great sadness I send my thoughts and prayers to you all
Lisa Neubauer
November 2, 2019
I have spent mornings before going to work when Jake and I worked together, on the new addition to Madison Paper. He would talk of his childhood walking in the winter German soldiers, with his feet wrapped in rags. We will meet again Brother
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