Updated:  August 28th, 2014

Dr. E. Robert Jacobs
Age 83

Died on Monday, August 25th.  He practiced family medicine in Hope, IN with Dr. Joe Dudding in 1957.  He was on staff at Columbus Regional Hospital from 1957 - 2006.  He opened Jacobs Able Family Practice in Columbus.  After completing his surgical training in 1969, he practiced general surgery until retiring in 2006.

He is survived by 2 daughters: Anita J. Veldman and Jean J. Roberson; a son: Robert A. Jacobs; 10 grandchildren: Peter, Julie, & Rose Veldman, Carly Veldman Parks, Kelley, Kristen, Jeffrey, & James Roberson, and Robert & Jena Jacobs; 2 great-grandchildren: Lucy Jean Roberson and Avery Louise Veldman; a brother: Paul Jacobs; and close friend, administrative assistant, and caregiver: Ruth White.

Calling will be on Thursday, August 28th, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Barkes, Weaver, & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street in Columbus.  There will be a Rosary service at 7:30 PM at the funeral home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 27th, in South Bend.  Memorials may go to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Ave., New York, N.Y. 10001-5004; and the Pregnancy Care Center of Columbus, 2420 7th St., Columbus, IN 47201.  Online condolences may be made at

Clint E. French, Sr.
Age 54
California Street

Died on Thursday, August 21st, at his home.  He is survived by 2 sons: Clint French, Jr. and Derrick French; 3 stepchildren: Maria, Amber, & Donald Burton; 5 sisters: Evelynn Moss, Gloria Sampson, Sharon Johnson, Margie Cooksey, and Anita French; and 2 brothers: Herman & Wayman French.

Calling will be on Friday, August 29th, from 11:00 AM until service time at the Barkes, Weaver, & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street in Columbus.  The funeral service will follow at noon at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery.

James M. Hill
Age 64

Died on Monday, August 25th, at his home.  He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and then worked as a carpenter doing construction.  He enjoyed collecting guns and knives, leatherworking, and riding his Harley.

He is survived by his mother: Roeita Jean Foist Lyle; 5 sons: Jeremy, Skyhawk, Ricky, Randy, and Robbie; 2 daughters: Michelle and Jamie; a brother: Dennis Hill; 2 sisters: Joyce Underwood and Nancy Caldwell; and 11 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his father: James C. Hill.

Calling will be on Saturday, August 30th, from 1:00 PM until service time at the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home on 25th Street in Columbus.  The funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM with military honors presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.  Memorials may go to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) through the funeral home.  You may view a video tribute after 1:00 PM Saturday, light a virtual candle, and send condolences at