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Wilbert “Roy” Jacobs

1922 – 2005

Jacobs, Roy.jpgIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father and grandfather on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at the age of 82 years after a short illness.

He is survived by his children, daughter, Maxine Lapple her husband Robert and children Alicia and friend John Luxford; Rebecca and fiancé Terry Lee and Adam; son, Jack Jacobs; daughter Darlene Baker, her husband Bob and children Brent, Stephanie and Kristen; sister Dorothy Misurko; brothers Ellwood and Bruce; numerous nieces and nephews.

Roy was predeceased by his wife, Viola, his parents John and Beulah Jacobs and his brother Ivan.

Roy was born on the Jacobs family farm December 8, 1922, the third child of John and Beulah Jacobs.  He spent the majority of his life on the family farm.  On July 30, 1955 he married Viola McKenzie and they lived in the farmhouse built by his grandfather in 1904.  They raised their three children there and his son, Jack still lives in the original house.  Roy farmed with his brother, Ellwood until he retired to Morden in the fall of 1997.

Roy was a hardworking farmer.  He loved his country lifestyle.  He was proud of his farm and his cattle and he continued to help Jack with the farm until the fall of 2004.  Roy developed many skills as a farmer and repaired most of the farm machinery himself.  He participated on various committees over the years including the Darlingford School Board, the Zion Calvin United Church Board and the Cemetery committee.  The farm was always his main focus in life and he took very few vacations.  One of his highlights was to participate in the Jacobs Family Farm Centennial Celebration in 1995.  Roy was always eager to learn and if he wasn’t farming, you would often find him with a newspaper and in later years, watching the History channel.

When Viola began to have health challenges in 1996, Roy stepped in and started to care for her and the house.  He had never cooked before but took the opportunity as a new challenge.  He even learned to bake bread in the bread maker and made wonderful banana bread.  Mom would share her cooking tips from her wheelchair and Dad would busy himself in the kitchen learning his new “job”.  He loved to prepare a fully cooked meal for us when we came to visit and continued the “family dinners” until this spring when he sold his house and moved into the Morden Elks Park Place.  After Mom passed away, Dad and Uncle Ellwood teamed up to check in on each other and enjoy their evening meals together.  More than just brothers, Roy and Ellwood were friends who counted on each other and took care of each other when times were tough.

Roy had a wonderful sense of humor and was known for his huge collection of sayings and jokes.  Many of his family and friends will recall his unique sense of humor and his children were able to witness his humor even when he was in the hospital.  Roy loved to visit with his friend and his neighbors.

Funeral service will be held at Zion Calvin United Church, 188 Dufferin St., Darlingford, MB on July 25, 2005 at 2:00pm with Jeanette Brigit D.M. officiating.  Interment will follow at the Darlingford Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association 102-310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0S6 or the Darlingford Memorial Park C/O Glenn Rasmussen, RR#1 Darlingford, MB R0G 0L0.

The family of Roy Jacobs would like to thank the staff of the Boundary Trails Health Centre, especially the Medical Ward for their care and assistance.  Thank you also to the homecare workers who made it possible for Roy to stay in his apartment, even though it was only for a brief time.  Thank you to friends and family for the cards, flowers, food and phone calls.  Your thoughtfulness has made this time so much easier.  God bless.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements.

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