SSGT William Joseph Jacobus Ret, 92, of Belleville, IL, born Thursday, January 10, 1929, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Thursday, March 18, 2021 at his residence in Belleville, IL.
Bill was a truck driver for REA Express Trucking Co. He was a member of St. Peters Cathedral Church in Belleville IL, Millstadt and Belleville Sister Cities organizations, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Colonel Friedrich Hecker Camp #443 and St. Clair Co. Genealogical Society. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and honorably served in the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Infant son: Mark Jacobus
- Parents: Joubert F. and Bertha, nee Schmersahl, Jacobus
- Infant brother: Robert Jacobus
- Betty Simpson
- Joan Jacobus
- Brother-in-law: Oliver John Rhein
Surviving are his:
- Wife: Barbara Ann, nee Rhein, Jacobus of Belleville, IL
- William Scott Jacobus of St. Charles, MO
- John (Christine) Jacobus of Columbia, IL
- Michael Jacobus
- Ainsley Jacobus
- Diane (Ray) Herr of Belleville, IL
- Sandra Swanson of Dallas, TX
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in Brentwood, MO
Visitation: Visitation from 10:00 am to 11:00am on Monday March 22, 2021 at St. Peters Cathedral Church in Belleville IL.
Funeral: Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday March 22, 2021 at St. Peters Cathedral Church in Belleville IL. with Msgr. John Myler officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL.
He and his wife Barbara were supporters of the Pregnancy Care Center. Bill often attended our gatherings. What sweet, lovely, gentle man. God bless his great family.
My sympathy to Barb and to the rest of Bill’s family. Bill was a longtime wonderful supporter of Belleville Sister Cities and always willing to help with activities. He will be missed.
Nancy Ryan Macklin
Condolences to all. Dad thought the world of Bill and I appreciate his dedication and faith while I was a part of Blessed Sacrament Church and school. For Bill and his family: God’s grace. God’s peace. God’s love.