Walter Jacobs, of Gleason, died Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill. He was 83 years old. He was born on February 17, 1928 in the Town of Vilas, a son of Louis and Bessie (Tichacek) Jacobs. He married Susan Ullman on August 10, 1968 at Luther Memorial Church in Gleason. She survives.
He was a graduate of Antigo High School in 1945 where he played on the football team.
He served with the United States Army in 1951 and 1952. He worked on the iron-ore boats on the great lakes. In the late 1950's he returned to the town in Vilas to operate a potato farm. In 1961 he purchased a farm that the family continues to operate today. Over the years he operated the farm by growing potato's, raising beef cattle and later as a dairy farm.
He was co-founder and for several years part-owner of Northern Wire which continues to operate today in Merrill.
He played slow pitch baseball for Doering. Mr. Jacobs enjoyed bowling, riding his fourwheeler, gator and golf cart. He will long be remembered for the hayrides and fourwheeler trips taken with family and friends.
Survivors including his wife are two sons Timothy Jacobs and Bobbi, Deerbrook, Jeffrey Jacobs, Gleason; a brother David (Marilyn) Jacobs, Nekoosa; a brother-in-law Eugene Parizek, Gleason.
He was preceded in death by a brother Donald Jacobs and a sister Karen Parizek.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. Brad Anderson officiating. Burial will take place in Forestview Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.
I will never forget the smell of Uncle Wally's pipe tobacco - I loved that smell!
Tim and Bobbi and family, So sorry for your loss. Hoping happy memories give you peace and comfort. Sincerely, Mike and Melinda Whitt
Uncle Walter is the person who got me started in sports. He gave me a tennis racket when I was 6 years old when he came back from serving in the military. That gift started me on the path that has led me to where I am today. I will always be grateful for that racket. My condolences to Susie, Tim and Jeff and also to David and Gene. I know you will all miss him. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the funeral, but my heart will be with all of you. Barbara Jacobs
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