Ben Jacoby Jr.

March 30, 1923January 22, 2013

Ben Jacoby, born in Virden, IL in 1923, passed away in Cary, NC on January 22, 2013. He was previously a long time resident of Dublin, OH. Ben was a World War II veteran who served in the US Army in the Pacific as an airplane mechanic. Ben and his wife, Jayne, owned Dublin Pump Company and Ohio Water Equipment Company for many years and were very active with Dublin professional and charitable organizations. Ben was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Dublin for over 30 years, with a passion for hunting frogs for the Annual Frog Jump to raise money for scholarships.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Jayne Jacoby. He is survived by his daughter, Julie Ann Jacoby (N. Meredith Jones) of Pittsboro, NC; grandson Jacob Jones (Jennifer) and great granddaughter Hayden Meredith Jones of Watkinsville, GA.

A memorial service is planned at Dublin Community Church, 81 West Bridge Street, Dublin, Ohio on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 2 pm. Family will receive friends prior to the service between 1-2 pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in memory of Ben Jacoby to the Dublin Kiwanis Scholarship Fund c/o Clay Rose, Treasurer, Kiwanis Club of Dublin, 5775 Perimeter Drive – Suite 200, Dublin, Ohio 43017.


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2013

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David Jackson

February 8, 2013

We have many fond memories of your family in Muncie, Horse Heads and Columbus. We will keep you and yours in our thoughts a prayers.
The Jacksons

Viktoriya Kravchenko

February 2, 2013

You know how much your dad meant to all of us at Sunrise. We loved every bit of him, especially his sense of humor.
He is missed, there's no doubt about it. He'll always be in my heart as a treasured memory.
Come by and see us!
I love you, miss you.

Mike Keplinger

January 28, 2013

Dearest Julie,

I was saddened at your father's passing. He lived a long and accomplished life. Life passes by so swiftly. I remember visiting Uncle Ben's home in Indiana and a larger one in Horseheads. (One year with watermelons on the sides of the driveway!) My clearest memories though, are of Dublin.

How I loved our family visits to Dublin with the feeling of isolation among the trees, the raccoon families, the birds, and, of course, the dog. Sometimes we would venture into the yard and thin out the trees. Later, I was allowed to run the Gravely. Always there was a pervasive undercurrent of love. The Jacoby family always made me feel like I was family. In the best sense of the term.

An MG darts in and out of my memory as does a Gravely and a motorcycle. Memories are odd things. I don't remember specific comments but I was always aware of just how proud Ben was of you and how important his wife, his family and his business were to him. When I would go into town with him there was always respect for him.

Uncle Ben seemed always able to tackle a problem and find a solution. He was a good man to look up to, an example to follow. He taught me many things. Curiously, one of my strongest memories was that of deliberation. I remember well his often-spoke caution to "Handle like eggs." I find myself to this day invoking the same restraint on myself and sometimes on others.

It has been a scant two years since his beloved wife, Jayne, departed. I'm sure that he missed her dearly. Certainly, they will find each other again. I will quaff a beer and smoke a cigar in his honor.

With my heartfelt love and many virtual hugs across the miles,
I am yours,

Ric Thornton

January 23, 2013

Julie . . . I find it difficult to honor your Dad's life without also acknowledging your Mom. To say that they were two very special people is an incredible understatement. That they both gave selflessly of themselves in helping my parents cope toward the end of their lives will never be forgotten. Ben and Jayne both understood the real meaning of friendship . . that is for sure! One of the great joys of my life was being able to help them cope with their old age. I will always be grateful for having been able to refer to them as friends!

Warm regards,