Chevrolet Engineering Retirees Club
2012 Death Notices cont.
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Wendell L. 'Jake' Jacobson, 78,
passed away Monday, July 30, 2012. Many in the area may
remember him as the tall, bearded man wearing the Detroit Tigers or
University of Michigan cap, ready at a moment's notice to discuss his
36 years with Chevrolet.
He was born Aug. 6, 1933, in Muskegon to M. Helen Jacobson (nee
Ashcraft) and A. Russell Jacobson. He graduated in 1956 from
General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, with a degree in
mechanical engineering, after rejecting scholarships to the
University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
After his career with Chevrolet, he and two friends started
Automotive Systems Technology, providing design services and
acting as manufacturers' representatives to the automotive industry.
Over the years, Mr. Jacobson patented several of his designs. He
was active in clubs and organizations relating to the automotive
industry, acting as chairman of several.
His high school years were filled with football and music, both of
which remained passions his entire life. He loved football games be
they high school, college or professional.
He belonged to several music societies in his lifetime, the last being
Gentleman Songsters in Michigan and his choir work with both St.
Paul Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms and Bay Indies
Covenant Church in Venice, Fla., where he wintered the last few
years. He also was active in the Lutheran Church of the
Reformation. As a senior citizen, he embraced theater acting in
Brigadoon, being a member of Encore Players, Grosse Pointe
Theatre's Reading Theatre and Bay Indies Players. He also enjoyed
singing with the Wayne State Performers during a recent opera.
Mr. Jacobson was married to Mary W. Ziemski from 1968 until her
death in 2005. They enjoyed years of traveling with his family and
Mary's sister, Joann Eloff, and her husband, Mike.
Mr. Jacobson is lovingly survived by his children, Lynne Jacobson,
Wendell Jacobson (Julie), Laurie Jeszke (Jim) and Nancy Ziemski
(Greg Gluck); grandchildren, Erin, Rachel and Lindsay Jacobson,
Christian and Natalie Jeszke, and Lauren Gluck; brother, Curtis
Russel Jacobson, and a large extended family including his friend
and companion, Betty Morris, and her family.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 25, at St.
Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe
Farms. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. the church.
Donations may be made to the St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Music
Enrichment Fund, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
|Wendell L. 'Jake' Jacobson
Mr. Paul Allen Perry (1946 - 2012)
Perry, Paul Allen. August 31, 2012. Age 66 of Taylor. Beloved
husband of Marilyn. Loving father of Melissa (Chris) Van Fleet,
Heather Perry and Marilyn (Earl) Stewart. Dear son of the late
Clarence and Hilda. Dearest brother of the late Michael Clinton
(Nancy) Perry. Also survived by grandchildren Jacquelyn, Alexis,
Elric, Garion and Sylena. Paul will be deeply missed by family and
friends. Memorial service will be held Saturday September 8, 2012
at Friendship Baptist Church 2071 Porter Lincoln Park, MI. Funeral
service at 3pm, Repast (light fare) at 5pm and visitation with family
at 6pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to
NKF of Michigan (Ann Arbor) or CDC of Detroit. Funeral
arrangements entrusted to Voran Funeral Home Taylor Chapel
(313-291-1800). Visit our online guestbook and share memories at
Arvin F. Mueller, Age 71, of East Tawas, MI and formerly of Bloomfield Hills and
Oxford, MI, died on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at his home.
He was born on July 23, 1941 in Little Falls, NY to the late William and Sophie
Mueller (nee Wagner) who were German immigrants. He spent his formative years
growing up on a livestock farm in that community. Arv later earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1965.
He was a General Motors Corporation officer and the group Vice President
responsible for GM Powertrain. He retired in 2001 with over 41 years of service.
During his impressive career, Arv served on GM’s Automotive Strategy Board,
North American Strategy Board, the board of directors of Saturn Corporation, the
board of directors of the Fiat-GM Powertrain Joint Venture and that of Isuzu Motors
Limited in Japan. He was also a founding member of the governing council of the
United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), a member of the Board
of Directors for the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. and the
Board of Trustees for Kingsbury School in Oxford, MI. In addition, he served as
GM’s key executive for Michigan State University.
After retiring from General Motors, Arv served on the boards of the Questor Private
Equity Fund and of Teksid Aluminum. He also provided management consulting
services to Brunswick Corporation and 3M, in addition to advising PRTM, a leading
management consulting firm. More recently, Arv served as Chairman of the Board
at Bopp-Busch Manufacturing Company, where he was also a mentor. In
September 2010, he was named the recipient of SAE International’s prestigious
Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation. Finally, Arv was a
founding member of the Board of Shared Solutions, a non-profit whose mission is to
enhance the quality and effectiveness of our national public policy dialogues. He
was an intellectual leader of the Board and a powerful mentor to its management
Arv had numerous hobbies and a true zest for life and learning. He loved to restore
old cars, trucks, jeeps, boats and canvas canoes. Arv was also an avid sportsman,
often with his favorite black lab by his side. He especially enjoyed hunting, shooting
sports and fly fishing. In addition to his many other interests, his creative talents
also led him to become a skilled woodworker. Aside from East Tawas, Arv had
two very special places in his life, the Turtle Lake Club in Hillman, MI and Brays
Island Plantation in Sheldon, SC. Arv adored and was devoted to his family. He is
survived by his wife Annette, whom he married on December 27, 1969 at Grace
Lutheran Church in East Tawas, MI, his sons Kyle (Erica) and Jay (Claudia),
granddaughter Corinna, sisters-in-law, Phyllis Mueller and Martha Mueller and many
nieces and nephews.
To celebrate his indomitable spirit, amazing determination, remarkable kindness and
passion for life, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 20th, 3:00 p.
m. at Tawas United Methodist Church in Tawas City. Memorial contributions may
be directed to:
Myositis Association, 1737 King St., Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314
Seton Cancer Center in Tawas City
Huron Home Health and Hospice Tawas City
or a charity of donor’s choice
You may also offer condolences at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com
George Bartz passed away suddenly on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. There is
no service planned at this time.