Jacob F. “Jake” Etter age 94, of Springfield, Ohio and formerly of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 9:15 A.M. on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield, Ohio. Jake was born December 13, 1917 in Darke County, Ohio, to the late William K. & Annie (Forry) Etter.
Jake is survived by a son & daughter-in-law, Jeffrey & Susan Etter of Troy; daughter & son-in-law, Lennea “Lennie” & Richard Tinsky of Columbus; step sons, Jerrold Blackmore, Jr. of Florida, Jeffery Blackmore of Lebanon, Joel Blackmore of Lebanon and John Blackmore of Lebanon; step daughters, Elizabeth Blackmore or North Carolina, Rebecca Cawthorne of Florida and Amy Leigh Blackmore of Florida; grandchildren, Joshua Etter, Adam Etter, Jessica Etter, Sherri Carbo and Jennifer Tinsky; 17 step grandchildren and 17 step great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Jake is also preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Blackmore) Etter whom he married September 8, 1984; ex wife, Jean (Juliusson) Etter; son, David Etter; brothers, Henry and David Etter; sisters, Mary Balmer and Catherine Nadalsky; infant brother, John Etter and a infant sister, Susan Etter.
Jake retired in 1983 with 21 years of service at Mound Laboratory in Miamisburg where he was a sheet metal worker. Jake served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in WWII as an airplane pilot. He was a member of the Versailles V.F.W.; American Legion in Cuba, Illinois; Versailles Masonic Lodge No. 290 F&AM; and was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Dillon Staas officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 11:00 to 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted by the Versailles Masonic Lodge at 12:45 P.M. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Home Health & Hospice, 949 North Main Street Urbana, Ohio 43078. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com