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Larry Lee Jacoby

August 23, 1945 ~ March 18, 2020 (age 74)


Larry Lee Jacoby, age 74, of Crawfordsville passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at IU University Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Frankfort on August 23, 1945 to the Kathryn (Walker) and Paul Jacoby. He was the second of their four children. He graduated from Frankfort High School in 1964 where he enjoyed football and wrestling.

Larry “Jake” worked at IBT (Ameritech/SBC/AT&T) for 35 years, retiring in 1999. A local manager knocked on his parent’s door shortly after Larry graduated from high school and wanted to know if Larry was interested in being a lineman. Larry worked in the Construction department for ten years before going into the installation/repair department. He was always the coworker who would go the extra mile and do it with a sense of pride and determination. One could always count on him in every aspect of life.

After retirement he started his own business, Patchmaker Paving, repairing asphalt in the surrounding communities. Oh, the lessons he taught the young men that worked for him. They are still telling their life learning stories. He retired in 2009 for real to answer 911 calls for children and grandchildren.

He first married Darla Richards. They had two children, son Shane (wife Kim) of Michigantown and daughter Cherish Batts (significant-other Josh Miller) of Thorntown. They divorced in 1993. He married Lucinda Schulthes in May of 1999 and gained two stepchildren, Danielle Hann and Adam (Melanie) Deener. They had 25 years of enjoying his greatest treasures in life, their grandchildren: Sarah Jacoby (boyfriend Brad Salka), Hannah Jacoby, Harmon Hann, River Miller, Kinley, Graham, and Marshall Deener, and Landon and Logan Miller. He always said he should have had his grandchildren first! He loved sharing adventures and restaurants with them. Christmas and Easter gatherings were the best of times. Birthdays had homemade ice cream. He loved a good practical joke and always had a smile. He loved his 1966 Chevelle, his three horses who are now looking for a new home, and his dogs, Sampson and Delilah. He also enjoyed the antique 1936 John Deere. He loved living at this home in Darlington which he referred to as LalaLand. Larry and Lucy traveled the world together. They visited Washington DC, China, Hawaii, Alaska, Eaton’s Ranch in Wyoming, Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, Ireland, Scotland, England, and Switzerland and many other places. His eyes would light up when a place he had been was on TV.

Larry’s family was very important to him. He leaves behind his beloved older brother, Charlie (Mary) Jacoby of Mulberry and twin brother and sister, John and Janice Jacoby of Sonoma County, California. His last vacation was to visit them in November. He was also extremely close to his numerous cousins and their spouses. He was often on the phone or celebrating a birthday with them or taking a meal in their time of need.

Larry was a Boy Scout, a past member of the Moose Lodge in Frankfort, AT&T Telephone Pioneers, and Montgomery County Pioneer Association. He helped create and was a member of their scholarship board. He was also a member of the Baptist Church in Frankfort.

Larry’s parents are deceased by I am sure they welcomed their number two son with open arms and were so very proud of his life well lived.

A private family viewing was held with cremation to follow. A celebration of life will be at a later date. Anyone wishing to contribute to the MCPA Scholarship Fund in his memory may send a donation to Peggy Hedrick, 110 Durham Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Share memories and condolences online at

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