Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at the Holstein United Methodist Church with Pastor Todd Schlitter officiating. Burial will be in the Holstein Cemetery with full military rites by Dessel Schmidt American Legion Post #225 of Holstein. Visitation was held on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present at the Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.
William was born Oct. 3, 1914, in Avery, to William and Gertrude Foster Jackes. In 1915, he moved to Holstein and graduated from the Holstein Public School in 1932. He joined his father in the Standard Oil business from 1935 to 1942 when he enlisted in the Army. He served four years during World War II in the infantry as a First Lieutenant.
He was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Bronze Star. He was lead platoon in 13 river crossings and fought in the "Battle of the Bulge."
He married Nina Coppa Aug. 11, 1946 in the Methodist Church in Holstein and passed away on their 61 wedding anniversary. They were blessed with three sons, William, Timothy and David.
He served with Standard Oil until he retired in 1976. He was the oldest member of the Holstein United Methodist Church. One of Bill's proudest accomplishments was helping 14 young men attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He was honored by the Boy Scouts with the Silver Beaver Award.
He enjoyed announcing at sporting events including football, basketball, track and wresting. He served as a volunteer fireman for 41 years and as Councilman for over 10 years. He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge; Abu Bekr Shrine, and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Annie Lorenzen and Mildred Jackes.
Survivors includes his wife, Nina and his sons, Bill and Jodee of Le Mars, Tim and Betty of Omaha, Neb., David and JoAnn of Helena, Ala.; grandchildren Jason, Jennica, Jonalee, Lesa (Bill) Rossick, Jill (Steve) Bartosh, Tiffany (Jeremy) Moore, David, Doug, Daniel; great grandchildren Brooke, Brianna, Braden, Briggs, Bella, Reed, Emily; brother Robert in N.H. and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.