He was born October 21, 1929, in Jackson, son of Ferdinand and Claudina Balsman Jaco. He and Margaret June Holding were married June 23, 1951 in Antioch, California.
Pete grew up in Jackson and then served in the United States Army from 1948 until being honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1952. In 1953 he and his brother, Cletus
Jaco, organized the Jaco Brother’s Timber Company. Pete worked for the company until retiring in 1999, and then continued to work as a buyer for Timber Exports. After retirement, he enjoyed camping at Greenville, MO. He attended City Church in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post #158 in Jackson, and the VFW Post #3838 in Cape Girardeau.
Loving survivors include his wife, June, of Jackson; three sons, Mike (Susan) Jaco and Richard “Dick” (the late JoAnn) Jaco of Whitewater, and George (Ginger) Jaco of Gordonville; a daughter, Pat (Roger) Schwab of Jackson; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bertha Newell of Bloomfield, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Cletus Jaco, two sisters, Clara Wright and Margaret Barks, a daughter-in-law, JoAnn Jaco.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. An American Legion Service will be held at 6:00 p.m.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the funeral home, with Pete’s grandson, the Rev. Greg Schwab officiating.
Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, with military honors.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to City Church of Cape Girardeau where his grandson is pastor.
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