Glen A. Jaco
March 25, 1925 - March 13, 2013
Glen A. Jaco, 88, passed away peacefully in the presence of his beloved family, March 13, 2013 at Hospice Compassus in Payson. He was born to the late Arthur and Cora Jaco on March 25, 1924 and was the seventh of 13 children. He was a faithful and devoted husband, proud veteran of World War II, master plumber, and a man of God who always appreciated his blessings of a large and loving family.
He lived in Poplar Bluff, Mo. until 1941 when he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1943, Glen joined the military and served with the 207th Combat Engineers. He participated in the Allied landings at Normandy in 1944, and in 1945 joined the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.
While in Germany, Glen met and married his soul mate, Gerda, and in 1947 brought her back to the United States as his wife. They celebrated 65 wonderful years in 2012.
Glen left the service in 1947, lived for a few years in Illinois and in 1951 moved his wife and two young daughters to Chandler, Ariz. where he lived for 48 years.
Glen worked as a respected journeyman plumber in Chandler, until 1981 when he retired for health reasons. Glen was a lifetime member of the Arizona Pipe Trades Union. In 1999, Glen and his wife moved to Payson to enjoy their retirement.
More than anything, Glen enjoyed his extensive family, being especially proud of his grandchildren, and teasing his great-grandchildren.
His passions included his wife’s German cooking, reading (especially Westerns), bluegrass music, playing cards or Mexican train.
He was accomplished at macramé, woodworking and outside projects. He loved traveling with Gerda, with his favorite time being their trip to Alaska. He always had amusing stories from the Army, plumbing jobs, or jokes (some more colorful than others) that brought everyone to a good laugh.
Glen is survived by a large, loving family, most especially his beloved wife, Gerda; sister, Julia Pennington; and brother, Teddy Jaco, who still reside in Poplar Bluff; daughters, Joan McClellan (Jerry) and Susan Hansen (David Gorman); five grandchildren, Chris Goins (Amie), Seana McPherson (Andy), Amy Daly (Bryan), Melissa Patterson (Derick) and Shaun Hansen (Sarah); nine great-grandchildren, Daniel and Aaron Goins, Natalie, Megan and Jorie McPherson, Conner, Kira and Brayden Daly, and Emmery Patterson; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life Service is planned at 11 a.m. on Glen’s birthday March 25, at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Rd. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Hospice Compassus, 511 S Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ 85541.