James R. “Rod” Jacobs

James R. “Rod” Jacobs, 64, died Sunday, April 18, 2021, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born May 7, 1956, in Wichita to Pete and Della Jacobs. He was a 1974 graduate of West High.

He married Vickie Vargas on Aug. 31, 2002. He was a pilot for over 30 years, several of those years were in Hays, flying for Life Watch and the last 15 years as a private pilot for Mike Steven Auto Group.   

Survivors include his wife;  two sons, John Jacobs, Dallas  and Michael Heater, Jr., South Haven;  a brother, Mike Jacobs and wife, Janie, Wichita; a sister, Vicki  and husband, Tom, Wichita; a daughter-in-law, Rheann Heater; four grandchildren (gb’s), Addison, Brody, Carlee, and Della Mae Heater;  and his cousin, Ernie Jacobs and wife, Denise.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Cathy Wiggins; and a  brother, Timothy “Scott” Jacobs.

A celebration of  life will be at 11:05 a.m. May 7, 2021, at the Community Church, Haven; a private graveside service will take place at a later date.

Posted online on May 01, 2021