Russell James Jacob was reunited with his wife in heaven when he passed away peacefully on Friday, December 19, 2014.
Left to cherish his memory is his “adopted” family, Martha Loschat, Robert and Gail Videkovich and grandsons, Brandon Videkovich of North Carolina and Matt Videkovich of Florida. Russell is also survived by his brother, Charles “Bud” Jacob; sister-in-law, Kay Kroulik of North Dakota; brother-in-law, Ted (Patricia) Kroulik of Minnesota; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lester Jacob and Roy Jacob; sister, Gladys Olley; and infant sister, Dolores Jacob; brothers-in-law, Donald Olley, Clifford Kroulik, Donald Kroulik and Sterling Theroux; and sisters-in-law, Bernice Jacob, Edith Jacob and Ardella Theroux; nieces, Myrna Dyer, Colleen Jacob; and nephew, Bradley Kroulik.
Russell James Jacob was born on October 27, 1922, to Charles and Mary Jacob. He attended Linwood School in Caledonia. As a young man he worked on the family farm and also at other jobs off the farm, including delivering coal to many homes and farms in areas which are now the urban area of Racine. He was a walking directory of the farms of Racine and Caledonia.
Russell married Alverona Kroulik on August 14, 1948, and built their home on one acre of land purchased from the family farm. They shared that home until her passing in June of 2013. After working for many years on the loading dock at Consolidated Freightways, Russ enjoyed over 30 years of retirement, working in his yard and garden and in his workshop, taking care of the grandsons when they were young and helping Alverona with her craft projects. He loved spending time with family and friends, playing cards – sheepshead and manipulation -- and reminiscing.
Russell was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church and we are grateful to his friends and church family there for their love, support and many meals and cookies, which he enjoyed.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 3301 Douglas Ave. Visitation will be Friday, December 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 10 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse Baptist Church.
A special thank you to all those who helped Grandpa live the last few weeks of his life as he wished, especially Dr David Zablotney, the angels at Hospice Alliance, and our wonderful friend, Tom Kress, who was there for Grandpa whenever he was needed.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine, WI (262) 634-7888