Doyle R. Jacobs, 67, passed away January 27, 2013 in his Leavenworth home surrounded by his loving family.
Doyle R. Jacobs, 67, passed away January 27, 2013 in his Leavenworth home surrounded by his loving family. Doyle was born in Des Moines, Iowa on June 18, 1945 to Edgar Doyle and Helen Olive (Woodard) Jacobs, both of whom preceded him in death. Doyle grew up in Des Moines where he graduated from Callanan Jr. and Roosevelt Sr. High Schools. He also attended classes at Grand View College.
On July 9, 1965 Doyle married his 9th grade sweetheart, Connie McCleary, and they loved their way through the next 47 years side by side. Their son, Eric, was born in 1968 and their daughter, Julie, in 1970; and they became the next loves of his life.
Doyle started his work career at Cramer Wholesale Drug Company in downtown Des Moines, Iowa where he learned to sell "anything" you could buy in a drugstore. Doyle took great pride in his work and was extremely successful because he never thought he had customers; only friends. As one wholesale drug company would buy out another one, Doyle was always asked to "come on board" with the new company. In his thirty years of professional sales within the pharmaceutical industry he worked for Cramer Drug, Davis Marketing, McPike/Foxmeyer, Rugby Laboratories, Martec Pharmaceuticals and Kiel Laboratories.
When Doyle started with McPike/Foxmeyer in Kansas City in 1980 he moved his family to Leavenworth, Kansas. Doyle took his new city and state to heart and not only traveled the entire state for his job, but also served his community in several capacities. At work he was awarded the sales representative of the quarter and of the year many times over along with some wonderful trips (New York City, Hawaii, San Francisco, Puerto Rico, etc). He also attended gift shows and conferences in many states. In Leavenworth Doyle served on the City's Community Development Board from 1983 to 1990, the Library Endowment Board for three years, one as president, and on the Board of Directors at the Carnegie Arts Center in 1999.
Lung problems forced Doyle to take early retirement from his traveling job, but he joined his son's business as Vice President and consultant for Mogul Staffing in Leavenworth. He greatly enjoyed his time spent there.
Doyle was a warm, caring brother and uncle, affectionately known as Butch to his sister and all her family and friends. Doyle was a true gentleman in every way. He was a good friend, a loving, doting father, an adoring grandfather (Papa) and a truly wonderful husband. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Connie, his son Eric, wife Shari and children Trevor, Claire, Madeline, Elizabeth and Natalie Jacobs, his daughter Julie, husband Randy and children Chelsea and Ashley Harrington. His sister Annette and her husband Cliff Vance, 3 nephews, 1 niece, and many great nieces, nephews, and cousins will also sadly miss him.
Family visitation will be Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home in Leavenworth, Kansas with a service following at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leavenworth Public Library.
Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel.