Jacob L. Sailer, 89, of Hampton, Iowa passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016, at his home in Hampton, Iowa. He was born November 29, 1927, on the family farm in rural Geneva, Iowa, to John Jacob and Anna (Abbas) Sailer. Jacob attended North Star Country School and Geneva Schools. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann (Jensen) Sailer on July 12, 1949, in South Dakota. Jacob worked as a farmer all of his life. He was an active member of the St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Geneva, Iowa. He enjoyed traveling with friends and family, camping, playing cards, visiting with people, watching and feeding the birds, and took great pride in being a blood donor. Jacob is survived by his daughter-in-law Rachel Sailer of Roanoke, Virginia, son Larry (Janice) Sailer of Iowa Falls, son Ron (Sandy) Sailer of Geneva, daughter Nancy (Greg) Tue of Clear Lake, daughter Janet Siems of Norwalk, daughter Cathy Acri of Norwalk, daughter Mary Sailer of Story City, twenty three grandchildren, thirty two great-grandchildren, and numerous great great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Ann, one brother, three sisters, son John and granddaughter Kim.
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I want to extend my condolences to the Sailer Family, our connection is with Lucille Burkley
Toomsen, as I am daughter #3, Judith A Toomsen Smith (Schmidt) please may I here from a cousin or two in the future. We are so sorry for your loss.
We have all suffered a great loss with Jacob leaving us. I have so many good memories of him. Even before I went Europe over 40 years ago, our two families would make daytrips around the state. And when I would come from Europe to visit my family in Iowa, more often than not, one of the first people I would see at the airport would be the smiling face of Jacob. What a wonderful welcome that always was. And it was usually with some of his family in tow, an added treat.
It wouldn't be too long before Mary Ann would say, "Jacob, we have to make a trip"! We "made a date", a bunch of us would pile into their motor home, and off we went. It was always a great time with lots of laughs. Now such fun times as are those are at an end. At least I have the memories and they are very precious indeed!
I hope that Jacob knew how much he meant to people. I think he did. Perhaps that is one of the reasons he was always smiling: he made other people feel good!
Jacob, you are sorely missed but it was a great privilege to have known you. We are all better for having known you. People that didn't get to meet you don't know what they missed. All i can say is: the loss is theirs. The world would be a much better place if there were more people like you. Bless you Jacob. You are in my heart, and always will be!
Jerry Benning Berlin, Germany
Hampton, Iowa 50441
Geneva, Iowa 50633
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