William “Bill” or “Jocko” John Jacobi, 54, of Augusta, Kansas died on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, due to complications from an illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 1st, at St. John XXIII Catholic Church (8100 Roncalli Dr. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) with Father Richmond Dzekoe as celebrant. A visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday, August 31 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Bill was born May 14, 1967, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Jim and Mary Lou Jacobi of Atkins, Iowa. He graduated from Benton Community High School in 1985. He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He taught for a short period in Kansas City public schools before starting a career in Information Technology.
Bill’s enthusiasm for life, having fun and his hearty laugh was contagious. He enjoyed time with family and friends, by playing cards, attending Iowa State and Kansas City sporting events, and many travels, including the annual fishing trip with his Theta Chi brothers. He opened his home to many relatives and friends in the Kansas City area, when they were getting their start or transitioning to their next chapter.
Bill was a man of integrity, treating all people with patience and kindness, and always with a sense of humor. He was a dedicated and hard-working Information Technology leader for many years, earning a trip to Hawaii where he proudly invited his mother to join him.
He found the love of his life, Micayla, 2 years ago who gave him a true sense of fulfillment, joy and happiness. Together they enjoyed adventures and their abundant mutual respect and overflowing love radiated for all to see.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Valisa Jo Schneider (Matt) of Connecticut; fianc, Micayla Freking of Kansas; mother, Mary Lou Jacobi; siblings, Connie (Marty) Ternus, Mark (Amy) Jacobi, Mike (Traci) Jacobi, Linda (Kerry) Clark, Jason (Nicole) Jacobi, and Jennifer (Jon) Wilson. Bill was beloved by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and by his new family Joshua (Lori) Freking, Adam (Keely) Freking, Alex (Haley) Freking and six grandchildren. He had many close friends and relatives in the Kansas City area as well as his Theta Chi fraternity brothers across the country.
Bill was preceded in death by his father; Jim Jacobi; grandparents, Franklyn and Lovell Jacobi and Gerald and Lillian McNulty; several aunts, uncles and relatives.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Overland Park, Kansas on Friday, September 3, from 7 to 10p.m. at a location to be announced. Bill’s final resting place will be in Johnson County Memorial Gardens in Overland Park.
Memorials may be directed to https://venmo.com/u/Valisa13 to be distributed to select charities.
Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is assisting the family and condolences may be posted online at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.
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