YOUNGSTOWN – Stanley R. “Skip” Jacobs, 73, drew his final breath Friday, May 10, with his wife by his side.
Stanley was born in Detroit and raised in Ravenna, Ohio by his parents, Clara and James “Wiley” Jacobs.
Skip graduated from Ravenna High School in 1965, excelling in football and wrestling, reaching state finals several times in his scholastic career.
He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was a Crash Fire & Rescue Man. He was honored to receive letters of recognition for two civilian air plane rescue missions.
Returning to Portage County in 1969, Stan was in law enforcement with the County Sheriff’s department, KSU Police Dept., and Ravenna City Fire Dept.
He established himself in the martial arts field as an instructor with several studios in the area. Stanley earned a 7th degree black belt in Isshin Ryu Karate, and attained the prestigious rank of Shichidan, 7th Degree Black Belt in the Tracy System of Kenpo. In 2012, he was bestowed the honor of Hachidan 8th degree black belt from Cliff Kelly Kenpo Combat Karate. The discipline and philosophy he learned through martial arts carried him throughout his life.
In 1979, Stan moved to Arizona where he became a regional parole officer with the Department of Corrections.
In 1994, Stan retired and moved to the Youngstown,Ohio area.
An avid sportsman, Stan’s knowledge and patience for training bird dogs was legendary in the tri-state area. His steady temperament and optimism deeply inspired all that knew him.
Stanley lived his life, “always with something to do tomorrow,” whether it was building a motorcycle, learning to fish steelhead, practicing his guitar or putting the pigeons and dogs in the back of the truck and heading to the fields.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 22 years, Kathleen Murray; sons Jeffrey Jacobs, Avery Hariston, Timothy Murray; a daughter, Trudy Jacobs; his mother, Iva O’Neal; sister Cheri O’Neal; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and friends and neighbors