MIFFLINBURG – Clair R. Jacka, 80, of 229 Chestnut St., formerly of 406 Green St. for 40 years, entered into rest at 4:15 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Rolling Hills Manor, Millmont.
He was born February 3, 1935, in Huntington, a son of the late Clair and Mary (Snyder) Jacka. On June 27, 1953, in the Messiah Lutheran Church, New Berlin, he married the former Carole J. Wetzel, who survives.
Clair was a 1952 graduate of Mifflinburg High School.
He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, New Berlin.
Clair worked at the Rosedale Dairy, New Berlin, and Johnson’s Gulf, Lewisburg, owned and operated Jacka’s Sunoco Station in Williamsport and Mifflinburg, before retiring from Huntington Throwing Mills, Mifflinburg in 1997. Later in life, he operated a tap cleaning business.
He was a member of the Mifflinburg Masonic Lodge #370, Williamsport Consistory, Irem Temple, Sunbury Shrine Club, Buffalo Valley Sportsmen’s Association, Mifflinburg, and the Mifflinburg Moose Lodge #1396.
Clair loved playing baseball and softball, and was proud that he batted for five decades in the West Branch baseball league. He also played fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball in area leagues for many years.
He enjoyed bowling at the Mifflinburg Lanes and the Mifflinburg Moose, hunting at the Wehr’s cabin at Sand Bridge, and playing cards with his friends on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 62 years, are one son and daughter-in-law, David and Kathy Jacka of Mifflinburg; three daughters and on son-in-law, Andrea Long of Mifflinburg, Vicki Jacka of Mifflinburg, and Roberta and Terry Wagner of Millmont; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Derek and Brynn Long, Erica and Dan Umbel, Zachary and Jess Jacka, Jan Wagner and her fiancé Andrew Abbamonte, Jennifer and Colby Case, Michael Jacka, Matthew Jacka, and Kristin and Cain Showalter; twelve great grandchildren, Emily, Olivia, Sarah, Alexis, Bailey, Connor, Syndey, Haley, Chloe, Hayden, Leona, and Lily.
He was preceded in death by his step-father, Custer Herman; and two sisters, Faye Stevens and Lois Boop.
Family and friends are welcome from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, at the Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg, where a memorial service to celebrate the life of Clair will be conducted at 11, with Rev. Andrew Fitch, officiating.
Interment will be in the Mifflinburg Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, C/O Maurice Clouser, 519 Old Orchard Lane, Mifflinburg, PA 17844.
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