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Visitation – Thursday, August 20, 2020 (5:00 PM – 8:00 PM) [50 Person Building Capacity]

Celebration of Life – Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Caledonia Mt. Pleasant Memorial Park at 11:45AM

Masks are required at all venues.


Dan Jacob of Raymond, WI. passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at the age of 51, due to health related complications. He was born on September 30, 1968, in Milwaukee and was a class of ’86 graduate of Union Grove High School, Union Grove.  He met his high school sweetheart Connie in 1984 and they married on October 8, 1988 in Kenosha.

Dan had a passion for all things International Harvester. He built solid pulling tractors, painted them red and made them look even sweeter. He was an avid baseball fan and coached every team each of his sons played for and was also the crew chief for his son’s go-kart team. He loved riding his 2007 Harley Heritage Softail that he recently restored, and planning local road trips with his wife.

Dan spent his working career as an excavator, equipment operator and concrete laborer, working tirelessly at everything he did, sunup to sundown. He also had a passion for history and a natural skill for restoration. His love language was service, and if you knew Dan, he has probably done a favor for you.

Dan is survived by his wife Connie (nee Matrise) of 31 years; his son, Kevin (fiancée, Kendra Heidenthal) and his son Brad; his parents, Lorin and Joyce Jacob and his sister, Terri Jacob; his mother-in-law, Linda Matrise and father-in-law, Thomas (Kathy) Matrise.  As a loving and devoted brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend, Dan is further survived and will be greatly missed by his extended family and many friends. It is our heartfelt belief that the love Dan shared with each of you is still with him.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOMES, 9200 S. 27th Street, Oak Creek, WI., 53154, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Private interment at McPherson Cemetery.

All are invited to a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, August 22 at 11:45 AM at the Caledonia-Mt Pleasant Memorial Park, 9614 County Road K, Franksville, followed by lunch.
(Location: Picnic Area 6. Lunch served at 12:30. Please bring a lawn chair as we practice responsible distancing.)

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.


  1. Kitty and randy August 16, 2020 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    IAM so sorry for your loss of a wonderful caring man who loved his family and friends loved his boys in all that they did a great coach and the best friend ever

  2. Thomas M Hareng August 16, 2020 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. Will be missed by many. Tom & Anne

  3. Ronald Calewarts August 16, 2020 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I can not tell you how sorry I am to hear of this. Prayers sent

  4. Marnie Hoye August 16, 2020 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear of this great loss & my heart, prayers, & thoughts are with your family, during this difficult time.

    I knew Dan throughout grade school at Raymond & high-school at Union Grove. He was always a friendly, funny person, & never demonstrated ill will towards anyone.

    I hope Dan rests peacefully and that the hearts of his family & friends, weigh less heavy, over time.

  5. Edward Strasser August 16, 2020 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    I’ll definitely miss my buddy Dan he was always so positive and Out going !!! His family was his world but he had time for a lot of other people 🙏I was blessed you called me your friend

  6. Debra Heberling August 16, 2020 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful soul he was. Blessed to have crossed paths in this journey of life. Fly with the angels Dan.

  7. Penny Hunt Modder August 16, 2020 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your son Dan, Joyce and Lorin. May the Lord comfort you and all the family

  8. Cheryl Holterman August 16, 2020 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Things we remember about Dan: He was always there when anyone needed a hand, whether it was baling, driving tractor, unloading hay (he helped with hay less that 2 months ago). Driving the skidloader and working land. He helped at 1:30 at night when we needed help with Ryan. Painting something for us or just being there as a friend. Helping Kevin, particularly the late nites we spent together building the pulling tractors. Being a pallbearer for Ryan’s funeral & so so so much more.
    Dan will be forever remembered and forever missed by our family and so many others. I remember the time you helped me load tractors & retie them down because with what I did they probably would have fallen off —all to take the tractors to the old folks home. Helping me with things I wasn’t able to do any more. You’d bring us treats or sisters famous soup from the restaurant. He was truly a gift to our family.
    Dan you will never be forgotten, take care of Ryan for us. Love, Jim, Cheryl & Kevin Holterman

  9. Amber Bennett August 17, 2020 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Connie, Brad, Kevin and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Our hearts are with you,
    as we lift up prayers for each of you.
    Sending our love,
    John & Amber Bennett

  10. Noel Philip August 17, 2020 at 7:55 am - Reply


    I’ve know Danny all of his life as I am his Cousin. I have many memories of Dan from early on with Sunday school at St.Johns on 27th and Oakwood. The Christmas programs with Dan singing louder than the rest. Every Christmas at Grandma n Grandpa Jacob’s farm. Helping Dan with the Ford Fairlane we painted Grabber Blue back before he and Connie were married. Dan;s wedding to Connie, The black 67 Cutlass we put together, Kevin’s first truck,etc,etc. Most recently Dan helped me, but really I helped Dan in running a new field tile on the farm property Lisa and I own, and plan on building our dream home on. Dan always wanted to give way more than he received in return. I think that’s just the way us honest people are in the service industry. He was a devoted Son,Brother,Cousin, Husband, and most of all Father. Dan bought his latest project of pride “The 2007 HD FLSTN Softail Deluxe” from me. We worked on all the details of the restoration with all upgrades including 103″ big bore kit w/screamin eagle se255 cams, the 2 into 1 exhaust, the fat cat black spokes rims,custom passenger foot boards personally modified by Dan for his sweety Connie, and the International Harvester tan w/black 2 tone paint set off by a velvet red paint stripe. All of which had to be ok’d by Connie per Dan. If you knew Dan you knew he loved to ride his motorcycle, and restore an International tractor. According to Dan there was only one real color for a tractor,and that is RED. Dan was just GOGOGO… Wow! I still can’t believe he is gone. God needed him more than we did, but he sure left a big hole in all of our lives that will be incredibly hard to fill.Prayers for Dan’s family, Uncle Lorin, and Aunt Joyce, His sister Terri, His wife Connie, and his boys Kevin ,and Brad.

  11. dale waldron August 18, 2020 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Sorry for your loss

  12. Eddie & Sandy August 18, 2020 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Sorry for your loss Connie, Kevin, Brad our prayers are with you. We were so thrilled to experience one of your tractor circuits! You will be missed.

  13. Chris and Jill Goder August 20, 2020 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Connie and family There is no words I can say just lots of tears. Dan has touched our life in many ways him and Chris where childhood friends then he touched our lives again being the mature one and father figure of Josh Adam and Dustin Thank you Dan!!!!

  14. Earle Jr. (Butch) August 22, 2020 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I’m a little bit off today. Song lyrics, that sum up how I’ve felt since I got the news. Dan and I have not had much time together since adult life happened and got in the way.

    I remember the early morning meet-ups at our grandparents Farm so we could all drive tractors to the Legion grounds in Oak Creek,for the Gas engine and tractor show. Meeting for Breakfast in Union Grove at what I think was Brick Oven Bakery at the time, before heading to the fairgrounds for the garden tractor pulls. Going further back, the time we jumped SSP cars off the end of a snowmobile trailer for distance. Breaking off pieces of them as they hit the ground. The plastic /chrome exhaust pipes never stood a chance. Shooting at empty paint spray cans with pellet pistols.These are just a few of the memories I am blessed with, that will always bring a smile to my face.

    We talked last year briefly about trying to do a motorcycle trip together. Maybe some of Route 66. Dan thought that would be cool. But, by the time I was thinking about planning something we were all “Safer At Home” and out of toilet paper. Dan was right that trip would have been really cool. Maybe we can all honor Dan By trying not to let life get in the way so much. He knew that spending time with family and friends was one of the most rewarding parts of life. And did so as much as possible.

    I’m a little bit off today, so is the rest of the family, and the community. I miss him, and am sure you all do too. I hope you are all blessed with memories of Dan that make you smile as well.

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