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Leon Jacobs

Leon D. "Jake" Jacobs

Tuesday, February 26th, 1929 - Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
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Leon D. “Jake” Jacobs, 90, a resident of Pleasant Valley Road in Bennington died Tuesday April 2, 2019 at his residence following a brief illness.

He was born in Bennington, VT February 26, 1929. He was the son of the late Leon I. Jacobs and Gwendolyn (Charlesworth) Jacobs. Jake received his education in Bennington and was a 1947 graduate of Bennington High School where he starred in football, basketball and baseball.

Jake married the former Muriel D. Bass on September 21, 1951. He later married the former Eloise Main on December 10, 2001.

In 1967 Jake purchased Bennington Amusement which he owned and operated until his retirement.

An avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. Jake enjoyed turkey and deer hunting. He also along with his sons, trapped muskrat, mink and beaver. He was a life member of NRA. He loved his dogs, gardening and bowling.

Survivors include his wife, Eloise Jacobs of Bennington. His sons, Kevin Jacobs and his wife Ruth of Effort, PA and Scott Jacobs of Bennington. His step children, Sharon Rancourt Watson of Bennington, Mark Rancourt of Bennington, Jennifer Schilling of Washougal, Washington and Kristen Rancourt-Miner of Nottingham, NH. Ten grandchildren, Shannon, Morgan, Luis, Sarah, Larissa, Iraj, Logan, Thea, Anna and Nicholas along with nine great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by a son, Wayne Jacobs and a sister Barbara Murray.

A celebration of Jakes life will be held at the Mount Anthony Country Club on Sunday April 7, from 1:00 to 4;00 p.m. The family would like to invite all family and friends to celebrate Jake’s life.

If friends desire contributions in memory of Leon D. Jacobs may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 7th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, April 7th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Mount Anthony Country Club
    180 Country Club Drive
    Bennington, VT 05201
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    Sunday, April 7th, 2019 |
    Sunday, April 7th, 2019
    Mount Anthony Country Club
    180 Country Club Drive
    Bennington, VT 05201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Patricia Collay

Posted at 01:17pm
My condolences to the family. Please read Isaiah 25:8” He will swallow up death forever And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth. For Jehovah himself has spoken it.”


Greg Palmer

Posted at 05:10pm
Dear Scott and Family , So sorry to hear that your Dad passed. He was a really cool guy who could talk to anyone about deer or especially Turkey hunting. He loved life and really enjoyed talking story about almost anything . I'm so glad that I had a chance to know "Jake" for many years. In my book , he was one of the most unforgettable characters in my life. RIP JAKE !!!

Mary Jean watters

Posted at 10:49am
So very sorry for your loss.May he RIP...

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