Ronald J. “Ron” Jacobs November 13th, 1931 - August 22nd, 2023

Ron's Obituary

Ronald J. “Ron” Jacobs, 91, of Sister Lakes, passed away, Tuesday, August 22 2023 at his home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 2, 2023 at Fairplain Presbyterian Church 210 W. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, with the Rev. David Schell officiating. Memorial donations in Ron’s name may be made to Sister Lakes Lions Club. Those wishing to sign Ron’s Memory Book online may do so at

Ron was born November 13, 1931 in Oak Park, IL to Clarence & Libbie (Solle) Jacobs. After moving to Indiana, he graduated from Warsaw High School, Class of 1949, and from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1953, and a Juris Doctorate in 1959. While in college, Ron was a member and served as President of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and stayed active with the alumni association. On August 11, 1956, he married the love of his life, the former Betty “Betsy” Nash in Tulsa. Ron’s career was in the petroleum industry, first as a petroleum engineer and later as General Counsel with Getty Refining & Marketing Co. in Tulsa, retiring in 1988.

Following retirement, Ron and Betsy moved full time to their summer home in Sister Lakes, Michigan, and loved sailing, entertaining, and traveling. Ron was an active member of Fairplain Presbyterian Church in Benton Harbor, serving as an Elder and singing in the choir. It brought him great joy to volunteer in his community. He was a long-time member and frequent officer of the Sister Lakes Lions Club. Having served more than 20 years on the Keeler Township Planning Commission and the Board of Review, he recently received special recognition from the State of Michigan for his many years of service to the Keeler community.

Ron is survived by his three daughters - Elizabeth (Clark) Young of Enid, OK, Rhonda (John) Augustin of Denver, CO, Margaret (Bobby) Hunter of Edmond, OK; six grandchildren - Katy (Jason) Staudt, Cristina (Christopher) Malone, Isabelle Augustin, Jack Augustin, Thomas (Ashley) Mosley and William Mosley; three great-grandchildren - Claire Malone, Carson Malone, and Hilton Staudt; and Betsy’s extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Colette Jacobs, and his wife Betsy (d. August 6, 2018).

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Memorial donations in Ron’s name may be made to Sister Lakes Lions Club.

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