Bob J. Jacobs
March 13, 1922 - January 7, 2012
Bob J. Jacobs, 89, passed away Jan. 7, 2012. He was born March 13, 1922 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was the oldest of 10 children. He attended high school and St. Bernhard College in Echt, the Netherlands.
During World War II Bob was a forced laborer in Germany. Declared as an undesirable foreigner in Liebenau, North Germany, he served additional jail terms in Hanover, Germany and spent time also in a special concentration camp for foreigners, Arbeits Erziehungs Lager in Marl-Huls in the Ruhr Center in West Germany. After serving these sentences he was returned to a rubber plant, Continental Gummi Werke, at Hanover, Nordhafen.
On April 15, 1945 he was liberated by the 9th American Army, 84th Division under Major General Alexander R. Bolling.
He emigrated to the United States on February 12, 1950 and worked for many years in road construction and mining, including on the Dew Line in Alaska.
He returned stateside in 1962 and married Eva Falcone in 1969 in Rhode Island.
Mr. Jacobs was employed for 23 years at Rockwell International Division in Anaheim, Calif. He retired in 1985 and has lived in Payson since 1991.
He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society since 1991 and a lifelong member UAW 887 in California.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 13 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Philips Street, Payson, Ariz. Interment will be at St. Anne’s Cemetery, Cranston, R.I.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Compassus of Payson, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.
Burial arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.