Jacob Remmenga, 95, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2010, at Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell. Jacob was born in Grunegan, Holland, on Nov. 13, 1914.
His family immigrated to the United States in 1921 and lived in Pella, Iowa His family later moved to Poplar Bluff and St. Louis, Mo. While in Iowa and Missouri, he drove a four- or five-head team of horses or mules to work the more than 100- acre farms for neighbors or other farmers. While in the Civilian Conservation Corp from 1937 to 1939 in Bardley, Mo., he planted trees and did road construction.
He entered the Army-Air Corp in June 1941. While in the Army- Air Corp, he helped open Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo and served in New Mexico, California, Washington state and England during World War II. While he was stationed in England, he met his wife, Catherine. They were married in September 1945. He worked for the American Car & Foundry Company, Missouri Pacific Railroad, Principia Schools and Parkway School District in the St. Louis, Mo., area.
Jacob and Catherine moved to Roswell in August 1990. He enjoyed talking about his many work experiences, especially those while working on the farms and on the railroad. In his last few days, he was mentally waiting at the station for the train to bring him home.
Jacob is survived by four daughters: Ruth (Richard) Smith of St. Charles, Mo.; Margaret (George) Wolf of Roswell; Betty (Tom) Jensen of Barnesville, Minn; and Barbara Pelllerito of Manchester, Mo.; one daughter-inlaw, Kathy Remmenga of Oâ€™Fallon, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Grace Colter of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Jacob was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Catherine; one son, Bernard Remmenga, a granddaughter, Cheri (Jenson) Bulger; and two sisters: Carolyn Scholfield and Vina Blackford.
Jacob liked to farm and garden when not working. He always had a flower and/or vegetable garden. As per his wishes, Jacob was cremated. A memorial service will be held at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010.
Pastor Rick Hale will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the charity of your choice.â€™ Please share your thoughts and memories with family in the online register book at andersonbethany. com. Services are under the direction of Anderson- Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial of Jacob and Catherineâ€™s ashes will be at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.