Gabriel (Gabe) James Jacobs

October 22, 1980 - September 05, 2022


Obituary For Gabriel (Gabe) James Jacobs

Gabriel (Gabe) James Jacobs died unexpectedly on September 5, 2022. He was born in Lafayette, IN, on October 22, 1980, and was the third child of Wesley and Ellen (Rea) Jacobs.

Gabe graduated from Westerville North High School in 1999. He attended Columbus State Community College for a short time before moving on to Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, from where he graduated with a B.A. in Business in 2004. For most of his career he worked as a financial analyst in the healthcare field and was employed in the Duke University Health System at the time of his passing. He was a faithful fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, an avid golfer, and also loved playing disc golf. By far the greatest joy in Gabe’s life was being father to his three beautiful sons Harper, Remy, and Julian. He will be long remembered for his sharp mind, quick wit and his kindness and compassion toward those less fortunate than he.

In addition to his three sons, he is survived by his parents and four siblings, Rachael (Joe) Gummersbach, Nathan (Suzanne) Jacobs, Emily Jacobs, and Katherine Jacobs as well as six nieces and nephews.


Monday, September 12, at Church on Morgan, 136 E Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27601. Celebration of Life at 2 pm followed by time of visitation immediately after.

Monday, September 19, at Harlem Road Church, 5520 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021. Visitation from 4-6 pm followed by a Celebration of Life at 6 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church on Morgan.


12 Sep

Celebration of Life Service

02:00 PM

Church on Morgan 136 E Morgan St. Raleigh, NC 27601 Get Directions »
19 Sep


04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Harlem Road Church 5520 Harlem Rd Galena, OH 43021 Get Directions »
19 Sep

Celebration of Life Service

06:00 PM

Harlem Road Church 5520 Harlem Rd Galena, OH 43021 Get Directions »
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  • 10/03/2022

    Gabe consoled me when my mom was sick and He barely knew me. He was a gracious and kind man who loved his boys more than anything and spoke of them often. My prayers and condolences to his family and his boys.

  • 09/20/2022

    Wes and Ellen, my condolences on your loss. I thought I would share something that helped me in a time of loss in case it can help ease even a little of what you're currently feeling. AARON FREEMAN: You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got. And at one point you'd hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever. And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives. And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they'll be comforted to know your energy's still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly. Amen.

  • 09/19/2022

    I don't even know where to begin with so many wonderful memories and moments I shared with Gabe. Aside from the schooling, employment, housing, weddings and likemindedness we shared over the years....Gabe was truly the best friend a guy could ever ask for and he could always pick me up when I was down. He was the brother I never had and he he's taken a piece of my heart with him. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten!!

  • 09/14/2022

    I have only knew Gabe for a short time. He was kind hearted man who loved God and his children. Prayers 🙏 for his parents and children.

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  • 09/11/2022

    I didn't know Gabe long or well, we became friends and my best memory is of a card game we were both in, a fun time, Gabe was honest and outgoing to the max and I was proud to know him the short time I did

  • 09/09/2022

    You will be missed my friend. I remember the first day you transferred to Mark Twain Elementary and how you accidentally flipped your desk over. We were friends ever since. Not a year went by when we didn't laugh about you hitting the mailbox on your bike in Spring Grove as you waved to my dad and me driving by! You were a friend that always made me feel good about myself. How you plugged in flattering compliments during discussion and your enlightened view of life made for the best conversations! I always felt better after talking to you. Your time was cut short and I'm so very sorry for your boys and your family. But you left a mark on me and everyone you knew. I hope they know that. I'll see you again, my friend. Ruck

  • 09/09/2022

    Gabe, I enjoyed all of our long chats at work. You were always so encouraging to me about my husbands unemployment. I know how much you loved your boys. You will be missed !

  • 09/09/2022

    My deepest sympathy , Gabe and I were co workers for a while and I will remember him for the wonderful , giving and generous person he was to me . Sending prayers to comfort his family .

  • 09/09/2022

    Gabe, I enjoyed your constant presence in the office the past couple of years when there's only been a few of us coming in. I remember recently chatting in the copy room and you lit up talking about your boys. I know you're watching over them now and always. Rest in peace, Kelly Strawberry

  • 09/08/2022

    Ellen & Wes, Mitch and I cannot fathom your grief at the tragic loss of your beautiful son, Gabe. Our hearts ache for you. May God give you strength through this most difficult time. Love, Mitch & Carla Potterf💔

  • 09/08/2022

    There are no words to say how sorry we are for the loss of your beloved and beautiful son. May God bring you comfort during each day ahead. Deepest Love

  • 09/08/2022

    Oh, my amazing cousin. How you made me laugh, smile, and feel proud all these years. I already missed you before we lost you and harbor deep, painful regret that I didn't come visit you more. I just thought we had more time. Your warmth, wit, insightfulness, and kindness is your legacy. I know you're with God now but I wish I could have seen you and hugged you one more time. Your parents and siblings are some of the most amazing people I know and I have no doubt they will continue your legacy in the lives of your boys. You will never be forgotten.

  • 09/08/2022

    Gabe was a kind, sweet guy. I know he will be missed by many! Jesus needed another Angel 🙏 My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

  • 09/08/2022

    Wes and Ellen, my thoughts and prayers are with you both, may Love and Faith help you through this sad time. Vicki Weiser Straits

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