Enid News and Eagle
Graveside service for Jacob A. Voth Jr., 85, of Kremlin, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Enid Mennonite Brethren Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. at Enid Mennonite Brethren Church.
The Revs. Jay Risner, Garvie Schmidt and Lynn Becker will be officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
Jake was born Jan. 23, 1928, to Jacob A. Sr. and Elizabeth Schmidt Voth on his parent’s farm, Southwest of Kremlin.
He attended Columbia country school and graduated from Kremlin High School in 1945.
Upon graduating, he became a full-time farmer and dairyman with his father, where raising and showing registered Red Poll cattle at the Tulsa State Fair, numerous national Red Poll sales among others became very near and dear to his heart.
His farming practices were well respected because of his deep furrows, immaculately straight sowing patterns, and care for every detail of his farm. He also raised registered Hampshire sheep, studying to learn everything he could about raising them, and served as president of the Garfield County Sheep Breeder’s Association.
Along with farming, Jake was a member of Kremlin Lions Club, served on the Farmers Grain Coop board, served on the Garfield County Election Board, and worked as a deputy appraiser for 10 years at the County Assessor’s office. He was active in the Western States Red Poll Association for more than 40 years and also served as livestock superintendent for the Sooner State Dairy Show.
God was gracious in answering Jake’s desire to remain on the family farm until the Lord called him home on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
On Oct. 14, 1951, he married Beverly Hamm in Fairview, Okla. They spent 61 years together in love and were blessed with two children, Steven and Pamela.
Jake accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1944, and was baptized in 1946. He became a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church, where he devoted much of his time. He served the Lord for eight years as a deacon, also singing in the choir, male chorus, men’s quartet and was a Sunday school teacher and church board member.
A patient, true gentleman, Jake cared for his family very much.
He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly; son, Steven and wife Shirley of Dinuba, Calif.; daughter, Pamela Schoenhals and husband Dennis of Kremlin, Okla.; grandchildren. Stefanie Voth-Friesen, Jacob Voth, Ty Schoenhals and Trev Schoenhals; one great-granddaughter, Noelle Friesen; and sister-in-law, Martha Voth.
Jake was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Menno Voth; sisters, Rosa Toews, Anna Regier and Tena Voth; and an infant brother.
Memorials may be made to Enid Mennonite Brethren Church with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.
Condolences may be made online at www.ladusauevans.com. The service also can be viewed online for those unable to attend the service.
(Submitted by family)