Jacob S. Smucker, 83, of New Holland, PA, entered into the presence of the Lord November 4, 2014. Born in the town he loved, Churchtown, on December 4, 1930, he was the son of the late David & Rachel (Stoltzfus) Smucker. Jacob was the husband of his loving and faithful wife, Edna (Zook) Smucker for 58 years, being married on November 22, 1955.
Jacob was a farmer, founder of J. S. Smucker & Sons, a cattle dealer, and after retirement, a horse and buggy driver for tourists. He always wanted to be working the plow until he left this earth, but his last years became a journey of Dementia and Alzheimer's.
Jacob served in various ways in church including Sunday School Teacher, Bible School Teacher, and Superintendent. He was a member at Honey Brook Community Church and of the Gideons International. He volunteered for over 25 years on the board of Welsh Mountain Medical & Dental Center, served as a representative for the Brotherly Aid Liability Plan, and volunteered along with his wife for various functions at White Horse Fire Hall.
Jake was an outgoing and fun-loving man who loved his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed socializing with people and will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to farming, he enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, spending time at the cabin, playing games, and reading, especially the Bible. He loved singing and listening to music, including his grandchildren's events where he would applaud with his signature whistles. He especially loved the song “Amazing Grace" which was his personal testimony.
Along with his wife, he will lovingly be missed by his five children – David Smucker, Eugene (Loretta Beiler) Smucker, Martha (Leonard) Miller, Freida (Marlin) Huyard, and Betty (Philip) Weaver; his 15 grandchildren – Craig (Becky), Eric (Sabrina), Jordan (Dana), and Grant Smucker, Stephanie (David) Rowe, Cody, and Dustin Miller, Destinee (Michael) Ray, Estella, Cordell, and Celeste Huyard, Mylon, Mitchell, Olivia, and Sophia Weaver; and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister Sadie Beiler and two sisters-in-law – Fannie Smucker and Annie Glick.
He was preceded in death by a beloved grandson Dallas Miller, his parents, and his siblings – Benuel, Mary, Eli, Amos, Malinda, David, Annie, Rachel, Rebecca, Elmer, and Daniel.
The family appreciates all the loving care and support provided by Doctors, Nurses, Caregivers, and Hospice & Community Care.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral at Pequea Amish Mennonite Church on 115 Blank Road, Narvon, PA on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ben Fisher officiating. Interment following in the adjoining cemetery. A viewing will be held at Pequea Amish Mennonite Church on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
If desired, contributions may be given to The Gideons International, Lancaster East Camp, P.O. Box 241, New Holland, PA 17557.