Gary "G-Bob" "Jake" Jacoby

  • Born: December 15, 1950
  • Died: February 6, 2020
  • Location: Bellevue, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Gary L. "G-Bob" "Jake" Jacoby, age 69, of Bellevue tragically passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, February 6, 2020. Gary was born in Battle Creek on December 15, 1950, the son of Jay W. and Phyllis (Webber) Jacoby. Gary was a true "Jake of All Trades", but spent the majority of his life as an over the road truck driver, and in recent years, volunteering hundreds of hours at the American Legion Post #298 where he served whenever and wherever he was needed.

Gary married his "Princess", Colleen at the Family Altar Chapel in Battle Creek on July 10, 1982; she survives. He is also survived by his children, Gary J. "Chip" Jacoby, Dawn Williams and Scott Williams; a brother, David Jacoby; a sister, Sandy Baker; and several grandchildren, nieces & nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jay W. Jacoby and Roger Jacoby.

Gary loved adventure and enjoyed riding Harley's, quads, snowmobiles, shooting pool, boating and building & racing RC Boats. Family and friends were everything to Gary and he truly loved spending time with his family and being a longtime member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron #298 and the American Legion Riders Post #298. Gary truly had a servants heart and will truly be missed by all of his family, friends, and his karaoke & American Legion Family.

A celebration of Gary's life will be held 1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 16th at Gary's American Legion Post #298, 228 North 20th Street, Springfield, MI 49037 where a luncheon & time of visiting will immediately follow the service. Please dress comfortably and feel free to wear your favorite Harley Davidson or American Legion gear. For those wishing to help with food for the celebration, please be sure to contact Kathy Andersen at (269) 967-3216. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Sons of the American Legion Squadron #298. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Gary may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

I did not know Gary (I am a friend of Dawn's), but my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Posted by Cindy Dragicevich - Kalamazoo, MI - Family Friend   February 16, 2020

Colleen .Gary was a great guy and always had a smile .God Speed

Posted by clifford galen - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   February 16, 2020

I met Gary when I was about 14. Gary, kent & I buddied around Battle Creek trying to stay out of trouble. Did alot crusing downtown BC. Then Kent and I joined the Marine Corps in 69 . we never lost contact and Gary and I helped Kent build his and Wilma's dream home in Tenn.I'm totally heart broken to lose my buddy for so many years. I love you buddy. You'll be missed massively. Your friend for ever. Ron Schallhorn

Posted by Ron Schallhorn - Palm Harbor, FL - Friend   February 12, 2020

Colleen ~ I am heart broken to hear this news about Garys passing. We are both in shock and wish we were there so we could hug you and share in your grief. Gary will be missed immensely. We are sending love and prayers to you and your family at this painful time. May Gods blessings bring you peace. ❤ Glen and Phillis

Posted by Phillis marentette    February 10, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Colleen. We will always remember Gary for his smile and willingness to always help others. We will be back on Sunday and we will stop by the post to see you.

Posted by Jan & Joe Vogel - Battle Creek, MI   February 10, 2020

I am so saddened by this tragic news. Gary and Colleen were so helpful and loving when I lost my sweet Brian suddenly, almost 5 years ago. My heart aches for Colleen as I know the void she's feeling. I pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Christine Harding-Elliott - battle creek, MI - Friend   February 10, 2020


So sorry to here this. My Condolences to the family. May you RIP Gary.

Posted by Susie Parker - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   February 09, 2020

I have so many years of memories it's hard to pick a favorite but ones that made me smile every time were Gary with Tara, you could see the love they had for each other and his crazy gifts to Colleen were so fun, he put a lot of thought into those! I hope everyone can remember happier times with Gary and pray for healing.

Posted by Kris Beckwith - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   February 09, 2020

Very sad news, our condolences to Colleen and the entire family.

Posted by Jerry & Cathy Cook - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   February 09, 2020

My heart goes out the family and so sorry for your loss. We send our love and prayers. (The house was blue not purple uncle Gary)

Posted by Melissa Norris - Battle Creek, MI - Family   February 08, 2020

Gary, I hated to hear that you have gone, And I am sorry I will not come to your service to say Good bye. So I will do so now. "Ride high in the sky and forever" I will look up now and then just to say hello. R.I.P My Friend, My Brother.

Posted by Fred Dillard - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   February 08, 2020

So very sorry Colleen

Posted by Jan Wilkey Rayfield - AApache Junction, AZ - Friend   February 08, 2020

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We loved the two of you joining us all on this ride <3