Kenneth K Jacobs was born at home in Whiteford Township, MI on October 23, 1926, one of ten children of Austin Jacobs and Emma Comstellar Jacobs. He was truly one of the “Greatest Generation” and proudly served his country during WWII. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1947 and served in the Army Reserve until 1951. During his service in Europe he met and married the love of his life Helene “Susie” Kulycz.
Ken was employed his entire working career at the Jeep plants here in Toledo beginning in 1943 and retired as a Stationary Engineer in 1984. He was a proud member of UAW Local 12 and served as a Union Steward. He cared lovingly for his wife “Susie” for 58 years until her passing in 2004. Ken was an avid baseball fan and a loyal follower of the Detroit Tigers. He especially enjoyed attending Toledo Mud Hens games and in 2016 was recognized as a Hometown Hero during one of the games at Fifth Third Field. He also became a great fan of hockey, following the Detroit Redwings and looked forward to attending Walleye games.
During his retirement years Ken very much enjoyed the company of his extended family and looked forward to getting together for social time and playing cards and games. He loved a good meal and made eating out an unofficial hobby. He was affectionately known as Uncle Ken to dozens of nieces, nephews and friends. His niece Maureen Stark was a great companion and support. Ken also looked forward to traveling each year with his daughters and their husbands.
Ken lived his almost 92 years with honor and dignity and his loss is deeply mourned by daughter Suzanne Plemmons, her husband Chris and his daughter Diane Lithander and her husband Lars. He is also survived by his daughter–in–law Pam Beauregard Jacobs, his granddaughter Amy Jo Dever, her husband Rich, grandson Mark Jacobs, his wife Elaine, granddaughter Maja Lithander Smith, her husband Adam and his seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Helene and his two sons, Gary Lee Jacobs and Jerry Allan Jacobs. Ken was that last of his generation and was also preceded in death by his siblings Viola Vivian Oberski, Lillian Louise Oberski, Melvin Marvin Jacobs, Arnold Austin Jacobs, Olga Opal Bird, Woodrow Wilson Jacobs, Donald Dale Jacobs, Helen Henrietta Stark and Erma Eleanor Simrell. May they all rest in peace.
You can honor Ken’s life by sending a donation to the American Legion Auxiliary – 135 William Weller, 2404 Sylvania Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43613. He passed on June 26, 2018 and was privately interred at Toledo Memorial Park on July 5, 2018. A celebration of his life will be held in August. Newcomer – NW Chapel 4150 W. Laskey Rd. (419-473-0300) assisted the family with arrangements.
To leave a special message for Ken’s family please visit www.NewcomerToledo.com.