Jack R. Jacobs, 81, of Milan, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Jack was born on May 22, 1931, in New Boston, a son of Cyrus and Ruby Pouder Jacobs. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he worked at John Deere, then the city of Rock Island and lastly as a maintenance man at Oak Grove Trailer Park. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards and watching the birds and squirrels at home. Surviving are his daughters, Penny Moskaloff and Lynn Jacobs, both of Milan; grandchildren, Jeremy Moskaloff, Matthew Jacobs and Mark, Mellissa and Molly Munson; great-grandson, Gabriel Moskaloff; two brothers, Fred Jacobs, Coal Valley, and William Pouder, Milan; and several nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Arthur Jacobs; and one sister, Dorothy McElroy. Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.