CARLETON, Mich. - William H. Jacobs, 78, formerly of Masonville, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at Beaumont Hospital in Taylor, Michigan.
Bill was born on June 20, 1939, in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, the son of Emerson and Beatrice (Buchert) Jacobs.
He was employed at the Amphenol Corp., Sidney, as a machinist for 46 years.
Bill was drafted into the Army and served from May 63 to April 65. Eighteen months of his service time was in Germany.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rosemary (Morenus) Jacobs, Carleton, Michigan; daughter, Rickie Anne (Tim) Galeotti of Groton; son, Nicholas W. (Amy) Jacobs of Carleton, Michigan; daughter, Karen Anne (Bill) Bertram, North Syracuse; brother, Jim Jacobs, Sidney; sisters, Judy (Pete) Cordes of Sidney Center, Peg Halpin of Bainbridge and Sue (Craig) Storrer of Walton; and grandchildren, Lakelyn and Morgan.
Bill enjoyed traveling, all outdoor activities, camping, canoeing, hiking, bike riding and cross country skiing. He and a friend built a canoe and raced in the 70-mile General Clinton on the Susquehanna River, coming in fifth.
Bill also love to metal detect under water. He would be blue before he left the water. In his early years he was a volunteer fireman for the Sidney Center and Masonville fire departments.
In the fall, Bill loved being in the woods with his brother-in-law, Pete, cutting wood for the cold winter months. Bill loved caring for his apple trees, making tons of apple sauce.
But what was most important to him was his family. He left behind his wife, brother and sisters and most importantly his son and daughter-in-law, daughters and sons-in-laws and two beautiful grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place.
Bill suffered from Type 1 diabetes but throughout the years he didn't let it get him down. Eventually, he was consumed by this terrible disease.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in his memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.com.
Published on October 22, 2017