Richard "Dick" Jacobs, 84, Chippewa Falls, town of Lafayette, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his beloved wife Marion and all seven of his children. He always called his home his Heaven on Earth. With his loving wife beside him he was able to continue doing the things he loved despite dealing with his serious health issues.
He was born February 3, 1929 in Green Bay, the son of Clyde and Rose (Janquart) Jacobs. Dick joined the Navy his junior year of high school and was stationed in the South Pacific on the USS Shangri-La during World War II.
On September 4, 1948 he married the love of his life, Marion Gleason at St. Willebrod Church in Green Bay. Dick & Marion celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year.
He attended college in Houghton, Mich. and then transferred to the Progressive School of Photography in New Haven, Conn.
Dick & Marion owned and operated Dick Jacobs Photography from 1964 until retiring in 1992. During this time Dick was awarded the most prestigious photography awards, the Hall of Fame and the National Award. He also received his Master of Photography & Craftsman degrees. He was a National qualified print judge & Councilman for Wisconsin Photography. He served as the President of both the Indianhead & Wisconsin Professional Photographers Associations. Dick was a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St Charles Church. He was a member of the Chippewa Falls Rotary, Elks Club and St. Charles Church. Dick enjoyed spending special times with his children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. He was a man who had a tremendous amount of love to share with his family and friends and faith in God. Whenever you would come to visit he would give the biggest hugs. He loved boating, bike riding & listening to his favorite music. He could be seen driving up & down Lake Wissota in his houseboat. Dick & Marion spent many winters on their cabin cruiser at a marina in Palm Island Resort in Florida. They have spent much of their retirement years traveling with friends doing bus tours.
Dick is survived by his wife, Marion, two sons, James (Linda) of Eau Claire and David (Donna) of Hudson; five daughters, Susan Shafer of Chetek, Carol (Patrick) Clifton, Judy (James) Hakes and Lynn (Dean) Boos all of Chippewa Falls and Pamela (Robert) Kortbein of Eau Claire; sixteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by one son-in-law, William Shafer; his parents and two sisters, Shirley Herfort & Joanne Bennett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 6 at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. The Very Rev. Ed Shuttleworth will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery in Chippewa Falls. Military rites will be conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. There will be a Christian vigil service at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Friends may also call from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 6 at the Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls.
Family & Friends may express condolences online at www.horanfuneralhome.com