Richard Jacobs

Richard W. Jacobs

Wednesday, December 14th, 1949 - Friday, November 13th, 2020
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A smart man with a sensitive soul and a heart for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, Richard William "Dick" Jacobs, age 70, of Kettering, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 13th, 2020.

Born on December 14th, 1949, and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of Loraine (Doeschel) and Richard Jacobs. Growing up with two sisters, Carol (Jim) Bussey and Lois (Chuck) Sechler, who will both miss him dearly, the family enjoyed special hiking trips, visits to historic Civil War locations, and vacations to Six Mile Lake in Michigan.

Dick completed his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Cincinnati and later went on to earn a Master's Degree from the University of Dayton as well as an additional specialized professional degree. Dick was employed as an Electrical Engineer for over 35 years by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, where he had many friends and a fulfilling career that included frequent travel, giving him the opportunity to experience England, France, Portugal, and many other unique parts of the world.

Dick was most passionate about his relationship with Jesus. He enjoyed serving others, whether on a missions trip to South America or by fixing cars at a local mission, he truly wanted to be the hands and feet of Christ. He attended Washington Heights Baptist Church and was especially involved with their "Great Adventures" Program. He enjoyed the peace and beauty of nature and took great pride in growing many of his own vegetables each year. Dick's kindness will be missed by his many friends and neighbors, as well as by his family.

The family will hold private services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, friends and other loved ones are invited to watch the services for Dick by sending an email to and requesting an invitation. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be sent to Washington Heights Baptist Church (5650 Far Hills Ave Dayton, Ohio 45429). Please use Dick's online Book of Memories to send condolences, share stories, and upload photos of Dick at

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    Bellbrook Cemetery
    3939 Upper Bellbrook Rd.
    BELLBROOK, OH 45305
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The family will hold private services, and they request that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Washington Heights Baptist Church (5650 Far Hills Ave Dayton, Ohio 45429). Cards may be sent to the family c/o Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home (92 W. Franklin St., Bellbrook, OH 45429). You are welcome to send a condolence and share a story or picture about Dick at


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Grace Hockenberry

Posted at 05:03pm
We enjoyed talking to Dick mostly at church but also at the Gospel Mission in Dayton Ask a question and Dick could fill you in quite well😊 Always friendly. Always accommodating. He will be missed 😞 as we just saw him a week before and he was doing so well. But we are confident upon his testimony that he is now with his LORD


Posted at 12:45pm
We were very saddened to hear of Dick's passing. We came to know him through the Single's Ministry at Patterson Park Church many years ago. Through the years, we have enjoyed having him share our holiday meals and expected him this Thanksgiving, He had a huge heart, a very much appreciated dry sense of humor, and a joyful spirit. He will be dearly missed.
Well done, good and faithful servant.

Klaes and June Wandland

Carl J. Vehorn

Posted at 12:22pm
I met Dick, more than 30 years ago, by way of a group called the Christian Career Fellowship and got to know him through our bi-weekly bible studies/fellowship time. He was a sensitive soul and did have a heart for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. He also was very unassuming and easy to talk to, although he listened more than he spoke (a good quality!). I was blessed to have met him. Eternal rest grant unto him, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Carl J. (C.J.) Vehorn

Melissa Sokol

Posted at 10:03am
Richard was a frequent patron and friend to the Wilmington Stroop Public Library. He would always visit with our pet lizard Smaug and then chat with myself or one of my co-workers. He always had an interesting story to share or pamphlets from other local libraries so we could see what programs and services they were providing to their patrons. He always brightened our workdays and he will be dearly missed.

John Hatagan

Posted at 07:30pm
Carrol and Louise
Your brother was a special guy, and I really enjoyed getting to know him several years ago before his health staring getting worse. He was a great friend and I enjoyed working with him at the Gospel Mission at down town Dayton. He was always there to do the maintenance by working on the vehicles and lawn mowers, and snow blowers, and other equipment that was used at the Gospel Mission. I will miss our great conversation's, and I will always remember my last phone conversation with him. I will miss him, and I know that he is with His Lord and Savior now, and out of any suffering. We would like to express our heart felt condolences to you and all his friends. May God bless you all and wrap His loving arms around you all and give you peace.
Your friends,
John and Nancee Hatagan

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