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Jacob E. Staab

July 10, 1925 January 4, 2016
Jacob E. Staab
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PEORIA - Jacob E. Staab, 90, of Peoria passed away peacefully on at 5:11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria after a short illness.

He was born on July 10, 1925, in Chillicothe to Claire Staab and George Merrihew. He married Shirley Henseler on Feb. 7, 1948, in Peoria.

Jake is survived by his wife, Shirley of Peoria; three children, Phil (Nancy) Staab of Mentor, Ohio, Mary Ann (Jon) Manock of Peoria and Julie (Mike) Blaser of West Des Moines, Iowa. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Jon and Megan Manock and Matthew and Joseph Blaser.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his one sister, Janet (Mario) Ingrassia.

He attended grade school and high school in Chillicothe and entered into the V-12 Navy College Training Program at the University of Illinois after high school. At Illinois, he played on and was a starter for the Illini basketball team in the 1940’s. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy and served honorably during the Korean War, stationed in California.

Jake was a mechanical engineer for Caterpillar, Inc. for his entire working career and retired after a long tenure as the manager for Caterpillar’s proving grounds in Spring Bay. He wrote the first white paper in the United States on rollover protection for earthmoving equipment. He was a member of the International Standards Organization (ISO), which allowed Jake and Shirley to travel to several countries around the world for ISO meetings. After he retired, he continued as a consultant for Caterpillar and served as an expert witness in a number of legal cases involving rollover accidents.

Jake loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He had a wonderful sense of humor and had many life-long friends. He was an avid golfer well into retirement. He used his skills to teach children in several Peoria area grade schools about engineering through the use of experiments. He was a man of great faith and a devout Catholic member of St. Philomena Parish in Peoria.

Visitation will be held at St. Philomena Catholic Church from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, followed by a Mass of Catholic burial at 11 a.m., with Father David Richardson and Father Thomas Henseler officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following the Mass. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Philomena School Endowment or a memorial of your choice.

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Funeral Service




11:00 AM 1/7/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

Visitation one hour prior

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

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