John Eldon Jacoby, 72, passed away in his home on Aug. 27, 2018. John was born on Sept. 27, 1945, to Earl “Jack” Jacoby and Mary Catherine Frisch of Melmore, who both preceded him in death. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Judith C. Lininger, on Aug. 12, 1967. She survives, recently having celebrated 51 years of marriage with John.
He has one brother, James Allen Jacoby (Jackie) of Melmore. He also survives.
The Jacoby’s raised three children in the New Washington and McComb communities, Tamara (Mike) Wallace of Findlay; John F. (Callie) Jacoby and Dr. Jessica (Ric) Miller, both of Wauseon. John loved his seven grandchildren dearly, Michaela Bridenstine, Mara and Caleb Wallace; Graeme and Cayden Jacoby; Ellory and Madilyn Miller. A great-grandson is expected in October.
John graduated from Mohawk High School in 1963 and from The Ohio State University in 1967 with a bachelor of science in vocational agriculture education. John was a life-long teacher serving several districts including Buckeye Central, Pioneer Joint Vocational, Delaware Joint Vocational, Columbiana, McComb, Fayette, Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley as a vo-ag teacher, FFA advisor, adult program coordinator or science teacher for over 35 years. Upon retirement from teaching, John also worked as a security guard for Securitas at Marathon Oil Company.
Along with watching his grandchildren in music performances or basketball games, John was a farmer, a breeder and trainer of standard-bred race horses and a breeder of suffolk sheep for over 40 years. John served as a board member of the Ohio Suffolk Sheep Association. He was also a little league coach, 4-H advisor and member of the Senior Fair Board in Hancock County.
John was a member of the Tiro United Methodist Church, New Washington United Methodist Church, McComb United Methodist Church, St. Marks United Methodist Church of Findlay and recently attended Tedrow United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, 219 S. Fulton Street, Wauseon. The Rev. Kevin Cochran will officiate a memorial service on Friday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon following at the Tedrow United Methodist Church, 17699 County J, Wauseon.
Memorial contributions in John’s honor can be made to Community Health Professionals Home Care and Hospice of Archbold or Tedrow United Methodist Church.