Schmitz Funeral Home obituary – Joseph Patrick Jacobs, 52, Fort Madison


Joseph Patrick Jacobs, 52, of Fort Madison, Iowa passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington, Iowa.

Joe was born April 14, 1967 in Peoria, Illinois to Ronald E. and Janice (Massa) Jacobs.  He married Sonya Riter, they later divorced.  On May 6, 2000 he married Tricia Hoelzen in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Joe is survived by his wife: Tricia; children: Kayla (Tyler) Zeh of Niota, Illinois and Jonathan Temenak of Chicago, Illinois; his parents: Ronald and Janice of Hamilton, Illinois; two sisters: Cary Jo Schaub of Tampa, Florida and Holly Cox of Omaha, Nebraska; mother and father-in-law:Howard and Sandy Hoelzen of Gladstone, Illinois; two nephews: Maslin Cox and Caleb Cox; uncles: Gary (Sue) Gravert, Chuck (Karen) Steimle, Dennis (Pat) Massa, Amel (Carol) Massa, Michael (Kathy) Massa, Greg (Lisa) Massa and James (Pam)Massa; and an aunt: Pamela (Sean) Davis. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents John and Pat Jacobs and Amel and Josephine Massa.
Joe was attended Harvest Bible Church in Fort Madison, Iowa. He was an 1985 graduate of Hamilton, Illinois and received his Radiology Technician degree from Blessing School of Radiology. He graduated from Southeastern Community College with his daughter Kayla. Joe was the MRI district supervisor with Shared Medical Services of Wisconsin for 19 years.  He enjoyed golfing and attending his children’s school activities. 

Joe had a special love of animals and liked to take in strays.  He had a special bond with his miniature Dachshund, Ruby Sue.  After an extended stay in the hospital, Joe and Ruby Sue were reunited.  After being reunited, Ruby Sue died later that day.  Joe was a good judge of character. His proudest accomplishment was raising his children.

We would like to say thank you to the Great River Hospice House for the wonderful care Joe received.  This made it all much easier for Joe and his family.  We would also like to say thank you to Advanced Home Health Care, Mobile Nursing, The University of Iowa Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Fort Madison Community Hospital ER, and Dr. Napier for all the years you provided compassionate care to Joe.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, September 30, 2019 from 5p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Harvest Bible Church,  2360 255th Street, Fort Madison, Iowa.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Harvest Bible Church with Pastor Adam Wiggins officiating. Burial will be in Harris Cemetery in Dallas City, Illinois. 

Memorials have been establish is Joe’s memory to The University of Iowa Stead Children’s Hospital, for a family with a child with Tetralogy of Fallot, or to PAWS.
Schmitz Funeral Home of West Point is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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