APPLE CREEK – Richard “Jake” Jacot, 73, of Apple Creek, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster.

He was born June 12, 1944 in Wooster, Ohio, the son of Merrill and Betty Landaw Jacot.

He had been an electrician for Kidron Body Co. Richard enjoyed golfing, gardening and walking. He was an honest and fair man who spoke the truth. He was a life-time member of the Apple Creek American Legion Post 147.

He proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy as a master diver. While stationed on the USS Kittiwake, he helped in the recovery effort after the Challenger explosion. He served a total of 21 years and was stationed in various parts around the world.

Surviving are his children, Danielle (Mike) McLaughlin, Tamara (Jeff) Nardini and Stephanie (Jeff) Simmons all of Iowa and Tanya (David) Phillips of Apple Creek; long-time companion, Rita Redfern; 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren with one on the way; his siblings, Merylinn (Jerry) VanGorder and Beth (Buddy) Beckler both of Apple Creek, Deb Burson of Wooster, Linda Jacot of Orrville and Paul (Pam) Jacot of Indiana and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Stanley Jacot, Janet Long and Barb Jacot.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

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“Fair winds and following Seas Master Chief.”