Obituary: Orville “DEANE” Jacobs

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Orville Deane Jacobs obit photoOrville “DEANE” Jacobs, 85, of Chula, Missouri, passed away on February 29, 2024, in his home under the care of his family. Deane was born on February 8, 1939, to parents Orville Jacobs and Evelyn “Donovan” Jacobs at their country home east of Chula. He attended Gordonville Country School and was a graduate of Chillicothe High School. He enjoyed participating in FFA and playing football.

He married Rita Sowder on June 30, 1957, in Laredo, Missouri. Afterward, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where Rita lived and Deane began his work at a foundry. They then moved to Meadville, where Deane began farming. After several years, they bought a farm in Chula on the Livingston/Linn County Line and have lived there for over fifty-three years.

Deane served as the President of the Medicine Township Board, President and board member of the Chula Farmers Coop, and Vice-President of Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Livingston County. Deane attended Meadville Baptist Church and Chula Presbyterian Church. He also worked for Minnis Digging and Vault Company for six years. After retiring, he then began working for Heritage Funeral Home, where he did so for fifteen years.

Deane enjoyed hunting, spending time with his dogs, farming, working on machinery, raising hogs and cattle, and most of all, spending time with his family.

Deane is survived by his wife, Rita Jacobs of Chula; his son, Randall Deane Jacobs of Kansas City; his daughter, Debra Lynn Jacobs (Kathy Bonner) of Niceville, Florida; his grandsons, Brandon Lantz (Andrea) of Kansas City, Missouri, and Nicholas Deane Jacobs of Kansas City, Missouri; five great-granddaughters, Madison, Adrianna, Mia, Amelia, Sophia; his sister, Pauline Jacobs Wells of Franklin, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews. Along with his faithful German Shepherd, Jack.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Forest Wells.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N Washington St, Chillicothe, MO 64601.

A visitation service will be held on Tuesday, March 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N Washington St, Chillicothe, MO 64601.

Memorials in honor of Deane Jacobs can be made at Rickett Cemetery, Chula, Missouri.

Memorials can be left or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home.

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