Eugene “Gene” Jacobs, 96, Hays, died Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society-Hays.

He was born July 1, 1921, in Pfeifer to John and Pauline (Roth) Jacobs. He was a graduate of Schoenchen High School, attended Fort Hays College and was on the football team.

He married Lillian Klaus on Feb. 23, 1952, in Pfeifer. She preceded him in death Sept. 3, 2014. He was a lifelong farmer in the Pfeifer area, oil pumper, and retired from the City of Russell as a well supervisor.

He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166, Schoenchen. He was co-founder of the Ellis County Volga German Society and Holy Cross Charities. He was a board member of Gorham Coop and USD No. 432, Victoria for numerous years.

He was an avid athlete and excelled in all sports. He enjoyed watching sports and was a fan of KU basketball and the Kansas City Royals. He attended several K-State football bowl games as a KU fan. Most of all, he enjoyed attending his granddaughter’s sport activities.

Survivors include two daughters, Patty Way and husband, Larry, Wichita, and Debbie Hoffman and husband, Tom, Hays; two sisters, Flo Beilman and Rosie Ziegler; two granddaughters, Whitney Woods and husband, Adam, Norman, Okla., Kaylee Hoffman and significant other, J.T. Thurston, Shawnee; a step-granddaughter, Brandi Way, Wichita; a great-grandson, Zaddik Woods; three step-great-grandchildren, Ryan, Tayton and Mallory; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Lee, Florian, Adolph and Marcy Jacobs; and three sisters, Armella Schulte, Erma Chrnalogar and Marietta Hillenkamp.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Pfeifer; burial in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, both at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

A Schoenchen Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166 rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Charities or St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, in care of the funeral chapel.

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