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Weerts Funeral Home

3625 Jersey Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA

OBITUARY

Rev. Jacob "Jack" Krch

November 20, 1951October 4, 2019

Rev. Jacob “Jack” Krch, 67, of Davenport, Iowa passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida.

Funeral services will be held Saturday October 12th at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday October 11th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home, Jersey Ridge and Kimberly. Burial will be at Pine Hill Cemetery following the service.

Jack was born in 1951 to Jacob and Elizabeth Krch in Chicago, Illinois. As a child, he joined Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, and found Jesus under the guidance of Rev. Howard Rice. He began a life of service while at Oberlin College, establishing a city/college presence in the town’s six nursing homes. Later at Yale Divinity School, he studied to become a pastor, he grew as a band leader and composer, receiving the Downs Prize for creative worship and publishing 2 hymns in the Yale hymnal. Jack then came to Davenport, Iowa where his work especially in youth ministry and creative worship touched many lives. He led youth clubs and teen groups, established several bands, wrote and directed the rock opera, “Heroes,” and led one of the first Dixieland Worship services in the Quad Cities. It would be impossible to list all of his many accomplishments in the ministry. More recently, he brought his inspiration to several churches and organizations in Florida. He lived a life of service, devotion to God and love for his community.

Jack is survived by his wife, Susan; son, Jacob (Jenny) Krch; stepson, Michael Stone; sister, Elizabeth Cole and brothers, Leonard Krch, Robert Krch and Russell Krch.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

  • FAMILY

  • Jacob Krch, Father (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Krch, Mother (deceased)
  • Susan Krch, Wife
  • Jacob (Jenny) Krch, Son
  • Michael Stone, stepson
  • Elizabeth Cole, Sister
  • Leonard Krch, Brother
  • Robert Krch, Brother
  • Russel Krch, Brother
  • He was preceded in death by his parents.
  • DONATIONS

  • To the Family in care of Susan Stone Krch

Services

  • Visitation Weerts Funeral Home Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

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Patty Sarkar

October 12, 2019

Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. His spirit is such a bright light, and always has been. I will so miss his organ playing on Fridays, and the passion he had when singing. Please see us when you are in Florida. Susan, you, as well, are so very loved.

Cathie Nichols

October 12, 2019

From the first day we attended First Presbyterian Church in Davenport in 1988, our two daughters (10 and 12) bonded immediately with Jack. He had a way of connecting to children and teens that was nothing short of phenomenal. The girls went to all the lock-ins and retreats, and Jack even performed one of their weddings! Once when the girls were having a huge fight with us, Jack actually came to our house and talked with them to smooth things over. I was so sorry to hear of his death, and sorry for all those kids who'll be deprived of his loving, fun counsel. He was a reason for kids to come to church. He'll be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Jack.

Jim Tiedje

October 11, 2019

My condolences to Susan and family. I always enjoyed Jack's spirit and joy for life. May he rest in peace.

Natasha Baker

October 11, 2019

I have a lot of fond memories of Jack. I remember an instance where I went to him for guidance with a difficult situation; he helped me a lot. (Probably didn't realize how much.) He was also my youth minister at First Pres. He will be missed.

Pamela Spear

October 11, 2019

Jack was one of the most talented and gifted ministers that I have ever known. He also was a marvelous friend. My thoughts are with his family.

Dick Wereley

October 10, 2019

Jack’s Children’s Messages in public worship were always unique, outstanding, and memorable. I encouraged him to publish them many times, but he always demurred, a glimpse perhaps of his humbler side. May “Ms Susan” (as Jack always called his wife when speaking with me) and Jacob and his family find in their memories, their families, and their friends, deep wells from which to draw their consolation. Pax vobiscum!

Harvey Mayhill

October 10, 2019

WOW - What an inspiration Jack was!!! On a challenge with just a penny in 1984, he grew that penny challenge into hundreds of dollars to purchase baby chicks for a third world country to have a perpetual food supply. His ministry went around the world to only God knows how many. Anyone who knew or met Jack has become a better person. Thank you God for putting this friend in our lives. Harvey & Lin Mayhill - Rock Hill, South Carolina...

Julie Ruchotzke (formerly Smith)

October 10, 2019

How blessed we were to have Pastor Jack serving as children and youth minister at First Presbyterian Church, while my children were young. His faith, coupled with devotion to the kids of our congregation, enthusiasm, and creativity, touched many young lives. My daughter, Amanda, liked to be the closest person to him during children’s sermons, and was ready with an answer, to whatever question Jack might ask. Jack was willing to share that microphone with her ... a memory that lives in my heart. My sympathy, to his family.
Julie Ruchotzke
New Smyrna Beach, FL

George White

October 10, 2019

Jack led worship at St John's Saturday night Jesus Country service. His creative talents and warm heart inspired me. His faithfulness supported me. -George White, retired pastor.

Cynthia Schalk

October 9, 2019

I worked with Jack when he was our Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian, Davenport. A wonderful, energetic and inspiring man. I will miss him and send my condolences to his family.

FROM THE FAMILY