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Jeffrey David Jobe arrived in this world on April 20, 1961, the first born to James and Glenda Jobe in Des Moines, Iowa. Jeff would be joined a little over a year later by his sister Denise and shortly after by his brother Greg. Jeff grew up with these two playmates always in tow. The family moved to Colorado for a few years but ultimately moved back to Iowa to be close to family and enjoy life in the country and a small town. Here, Jeff grew up surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins. Life was always full for Jeff as he enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with many friends.
Jeff was involved in football, basketball, 4-H, and many clubs. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1979. Jeff attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri from 1979 to 1983 earning a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. While at NWMSU he found his pack with his fraternity brothers of the Phi Sigma Epsilon house. His bond with his “band of brothers” would span the rest of his lifetime.
After graduation, Jeff worked for his father’s car dealership for a few years before finding his career with the U. S. Department of Agriculture where he remained for 38 years. Jeff married Vonna Jackson in 1984 and the two had three sons: Jacob, Joshua and Jeston. In 2005 the family welcomed a fourth “son”, Thomas, an exchange student from Nigeria. The boys were always Jeff’s pride and joy. Throughout the years he was involved in youth sports, Winterset school board and the church community. Jeff always encouraged his sons to enjoy life, travel, and cherish family.
Jeff was a world traveler throughout his career with the USDA, travelling to Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. His accomplishments included conducting feasibility studies and assisting the newly independent Ukrainian farmers in creating cooperatives to help them succeed after the fall of Communism and collective farming. In Ethiopia he assisted coffee growers in creating cooperatives and in Nigeria, he helped casava growers diversify their crops.
Jeff enjoyed college football, especially the NWMSU Bearcats and, the alma maters of his sons, Iowa State University and Oklahoma State. When Jeff was diagnosed with GIST cancer, he valiantly fought to lead a full life despite his diagnosis. Beating the odds, Jeff admirably fought and survived many years beyond his prognosis. Jeff was a man of deep faith and was at peace with his fate.
He is preceded in death by his father James E. Jobe, beloved grandparents, Donald “Breezy” and Pauline Wood and Genevieve Rogers, as well as his dear uncle Kenneth Wood. All have undoubtedly welcomed him with open and loving arms. He is survived by his sons Jacob (Emily) Jobe and grandchildren, Quinn Emilia and Quaid of Clarinda; Joshua (Katelyn) Jobe of Dallas, Texas; Jeston Jobe of Des Moines, Iowa; Thomas (Winta) Vincent of Nigeria. He also leaves behind his loving mother, Glenda Jobe of Sun Lakes, Arizona; sister Denise (Paul) Rueschhoff of Leawood, Kansas; brother Greg (Michelle) Jobe of Ellston, Iowa. Jeff will be missed by his six nieces, six nephews, numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and numerous friends.
Jeff lived up to the words from a piece of artwork in his home, “Life is a journey, travel it well ” and well he did.
In lieu of flowers, memorial funds have been established for the following organizations: UnityPoint Hospice-Taylor House https://gistinfo.org/gist-donate/ (https://gistinfo.org/gist-donate/)