Bobby Joe Jacobs, 60, of Kimbolton, passed away in his residence Sunday morning, May 1, 2011, as he was surrounded by his loving family.

Bobby was born in Cambridge on June 29, 1950, and is survived by his father, Robert L. Jacobs, Guernsey. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joann Lindell Jacobs, Guernsey, who died in 2005.

Bobby was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, class of 1968. He also attended the Columbus Career Academy and studied radio broadcasting.

Bobby was a veteran of the Army and served as a broadcast specialist and radio operator during the Vietnam War. He was employed at the former General Tire and Rubber Company, Newcomerstown, for 33 years as a calendar operator and an employee in the shipping department. He then worked as sales specialist at the Lowe's Store, New Philadelphia, for five years.

Bobby attended the Guernsey United Methodist Church and was a member of the BPOE Lodge 1555, Newcomerstown Elks. He also served as president of the United Steelworkers Association Local 496 and was a member of the contract committee which was involved in contract negotiations for the union. He helped coach his son's Little League team, K of C, in the Cy Young Leagues and also played softball for the former Baker's AG team for many years. Bobby also bowled in the Cy Young Lanes bowling leagues. He also was an officer and writer for the National Redbone Coon Hunters Association. Bobby also served as a bench show judge of coonhounds for the United States Kennel Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family, attending family functions and reunions, watching his son's sports activities, water skiing, boating, hunting, fishing, and showing and training dogs.

In addition to his father, Bobby is survived by his wife of 32 years, Arlene L. Gardner Jacobs, Kimbolton, whom he married June 16, 1978. He also leaves a son and his fiancée, Brett C. Jacobs and Annette McKinney of Lombard, Ill.; a sister, Bonnie Ellen Jacobs of Byesville; a brother, Daniel R. Jacobs of Reynoldsburg; several aunts and uncles; several nieces and nephews and their families; his father and mother-in-law, Archie L. and Luella (Huston) Gardner of Gnadenhutten; many in-law Gardner family members; and several close friends.

Funeral services to celebrate Bobby's life were Thursday, May 5, 2011, in the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. The Rev. Garry Marlatt conducted the services. Burial followed in the Gnaden-Clay Union Cemetery, Gnadenhutten, where the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard performed military graveside services.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Bobby's name to the Community Hospice of Tuscarawas, Carroll and Stark counties, 201 W. Third St., Dover, OH 44622; or the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.