John Michael Jacoby

Oct 22, 2013 Staff

John Michael Jacoby died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander. He was 80 years old.

Per his request, cremation will take place, and there will be no services.

John Michael Jacoby was born April 30, 1933, in Marshall, Mo., the son of Jacob L. and Maretta (Turner) Jacoby.

He grew up in Marshall, went to high school there, attended college and was a member of the Missouri National Guard in the 1950s.

He moved to Wyoming in the late 1950s, working at various jobs in the uranium and oil industries.

He met his wife, Louise (McIrvin), and they married Nov. 9, 1969. They lived in Dubois, where they owned and operated the Twin Pines Motel and were involved with the Wyoming Travel Commission. They then moved back to Riverton, where they operated the Paint Brush Motel until retirement.

In 2005, he moved to Westward Heights Care Center due to health issues.

He was a life-member of the Elks.

His family said he had a strong faith in Jesus Christ and looked forward to moving on to be with Jesus.

They also said he loved to visit just about anything, especially if it involved government, politics, economic issues or religion. He had a great sense of humor and always had a joke or two to tell.

He is survived by his stepdaughters, Judy Eckley (Jack) of Cody, Margaret Weideman of Riverton, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Maretta Jacoby, sister, Jackie, and his wife, Louise, in January.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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