Eugene “Gene” Jacobs, age 96, of Hays, KS, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society-Hays.
Gene was born on July 1, 1921 in Pfeifer, KS to John and Pauline (Roth) Jacobs. He married Lillian Klaus on February 23, 1952 in Pfeifer, KS. She preceded him in death on September 3, 2014. Gene graduated from Schoenchen High School. He was an avid athlete and excelled in all sports. After high school, he attended Fort Hays College and was on the football team. Gene’s memberships included Holy Cross Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and third degree Knights of Columbus Council #4166 in Schoenchen. He was co-founder of the Ellis County Volga German Society and Holy Cross Charities. He was also a board member of Gorham Coop and USD #432, Victoria for numerous years. He was a lifelong farmer in the Pfeifer area, oil pumper, and retired from the City of Russell as a well supervisor. Gene loved to watch sports and was a fan of KU Basketball and the KC Royals. He attended several K-State Football Bowl games as a KU fan. Most of all, Gene enjoyed attending his granddaughter’s sport activities. He was never a stranger to anyone, had numerous stories and jokes with an infectious smile and will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his two daughters, Patty Way and her husband Larry of Wichita, KS, Debbie Hoffman and her husband Tom of Hays; two sisters, Flo Beilman and Rosie Ziegler; two granddaughters, Whitney Woods and her husband Adam of Norman, OK, Kaylee Hoffman and her significant other, J.T. Thurston of Shawnee, KS; step-granddaughter, Brandi Way of Wichita, KS; one great-grandson, Zaddik Woods and three step great-grandchildren, Ryan, Tayton & Mallory. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lillian; four brothers, Lee, Florian, Adolph & Marcy Jacobs; three sisters, Armella Schulte, Erma Chrnalogar & Marietta Hillenkamp.
A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pfeifer, KS. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 12, from 4-8:00 PM and Wednesday from 9-10:00 AM at the Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601.
A Schoenchen Knights of Columbus Council #4166 rosary will be held at 6:30 PM followed by a parish vigil service at 7:00 PM both at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made in Gene’s loving memory to Holy Cross Charities and/or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Hays.
To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrangements are by Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601.