Russell Dean Jacobs, 101, formerly of the Long Point/Ancona area, passed away Monday morning, April 23, at Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Winterrowd Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Long Point Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jay, Scott and Michael Jacobs, Alex Christensen, Zeb Jolliff and Chuck Garrett; and nephew, Bob Jacobs.
Russ was born Feb. 27, 1917, in Graymont, to Anton and Maggie (Saathoff) Jacobs. He married Mary Elizabeth Baughman on Jan. 25, 1940. She preceded him in death on July 16, 2009.
Surviving are sons, James (Carol) Jacobs, of Streator, and Raymond “Butch” (Judi) Jacobs, of Long Point; seven grandchildren, Jay Jacobs, Scott (Jodi) Jacobs, Tina (Darrell) Barber, Michael (Tanya) Jacobs, Janelle (Alex) Christensen, Jill (Zeb Jolliff) Jacobs and JoLynn (Chuck) Garrett; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a brother in infancy and brother, Anton G. Jacobs; and sisters, Mary, Mildred, Alvina and Phoebe.
Russ attended Graymont Country Schools and Pontiac High School. He retired from farming in the Long Point/Ancona area.
He was a member of Long Point United Methodist Church, Chief City Saddle Club of Pontiac, Red Arrow Saddle Club of Streator and the Livingston County Farm Bureau.
Russ loved his horses and can recall every one he ever owned or trained. His family calls him the original “Horse Whisperer.” He was known by all the nurses and CNAs at Flanagan Rehabilitation Health Care as “Cowboy.”
Memorials may be made in his name to the Livingston County Ag Fair.
Winterrowd Funeral Home
305 S. Park St., Streator, IL 61364