BENJAMIN FUNERAL SERVICE NOWATA, OKLAHOMA 918-273-2700....
Jerry Don Jobe was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to all. Known for his witty sense of humor and genuine care for others, Jerry truly never met a stranger. He was a larger than life personality who treasured spending time with his family, friends and pets. Jerry was a natural craftsman and had a green thumb worthy of Better Homes & Gardens. He loved sports, gardening, the outdoors, music, good Westerns and Blue Bell chocolate ice cream.
Jerry passed away at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his family by his side on October 5, 2020. Jerry was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 10, 1944, to Archie Melvin Jobe and Pansy Morgan Jobe. He grew up in Sherman, Texas, and graduated from Sherman High School in May 1962. After graduating, Jerry attended East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration in May 1966. Jerry was then awarded a fellowship to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he received a master’s degree in business administration. Thereafter, he took a position as a business administration and marketing professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, while working on his doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas.
It was at Northeastern State University where Jerry met the love of his life, Kathryn (“Kathy”) Hendricks. Their first date was on February 23, 1971, when they attended The Carpenters’ concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As the group sang that night, Jerry and Kathy’s journey had “Only Just Begun.” They were later married on December 23, 1971. They moved to Sherman, Texas, where their son, Jason, was born on October 1, 1976. They later put down roots in Greenville, Texas, where their daughter, Jennifer, was born on April 15, 1980. Jerry and Kathy were approaching 49 years of marriage in December 2020.
Jerry was a true entrepreneur who owned, managed and operated multiple businesses over thirty-plus years. In January 1995, Jerry and Kathy retired and moved to Nowata, Oklahoma, to support Kathy’s recently widowed mother. Jerry loved the town, its people and the slower pace of life. In 2002, Jerry and Kathy started a post-retirement venture of breeding, raising and training Paint and Quarter horses. Jerry enjoyed 13 years of this cowboy life before being slowed by health issues.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Archie Melvin and Pansy Jobe, and his mother and father-in-law, Betty and Joe Ray Hendricks.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Kathy Jobe; his son, Jason Jobe, and daughter-in-law, Michele Jobe (Murphy, Texas); his daughter, Jennifer Jobe, and son-in-law, Chris Penn (Dallas, Texas); his sister, Patsy Johnson, and brother-in-law, Coy Johnson (Sulphur Springs, Texas); his five grandchildren, Oliver Penn, Landry Jobe, Archie Penn, Madison Jobe and Grover Penn; his nephews, Clay Johnson and Craig Johnson and their families (Sulphur Springs, Texas); his niece, Kelli Johnson and her family (Houston, Texas); his many cousins; and his beloved pets.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2020, at the First Baptist Church in Nowata, Oklahoma, with Brother Wayne Clayton officiating. In lieu of flowers, Jerry would have liked donations to be sent in his honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee or the Washington County SPCA in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of Benjamin Funeral Services in Nowata, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com or Benjamin Funeral Service’s Facebook page.
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