Owen Lowell "Buddy" Jacobs of the Hotchkiss vicinity died Dec. 20, 2012, at Paonia Care Center. He was 88.
Services were held Dec. 24 at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss.
Mr. Jacobs was born Aug. 18, 1924, on Rogers Mesa to Lawrence and Ethel (Stanley) Jacobs, early settlers of the North Fork Valley.
He graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1942 and married Vauna Newman on June 15, 1945, in Paonia.
In 1945 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served on the Sea Perch and the U.S.A.T. George Washington, carrying 5,000 troops and crew. He worked in the hospital dispensary and ordered supplies. He crossed both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, traveling to Manila, Philippines, Le Havre, France, Liverpool, England, and Bremerhaven, Germany. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant Dec. 21, 1946.
The Jacobs moved to their home on Hanson Mesa in 1951.
Mr. Jacobs was a sheep and cattle rancher, with a special interest in sheep. He promoted wool products, always wearing wool shirts in the winter. He was a member of the Consolidated Wool Growers, serving as secretary and treasurer from 1963 to 1976, the Colorado Wool Growers Association, the American Quarter Horse Association and a lifetime member of VFW Post #9333.
He enjoyed nature and the mountains, especially the Hubbard Creek area, fiddle music and polkas, feeding hummingbirds and growing petunias and tomatoes.
Mr. Jacobs is survived by his wife of 67 years, Vauna Lee Jacobs; his daughter, Marcella Young and her husband Tim of Hooker, Okla.; a grandson, Owen Olinger of Hooker, Okla.; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special young friend, Brandon Sullivan of Hotchkiss.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Portia Black; and his brothers, Paul Jacobs and Stanley Jacobs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or online at www.pdf.org.
Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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