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Rodney Jacobs, 1962-2009, Vail ski instructor

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyRodney Jacobs was a ski instructor for Vail Resorts

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Rodney L. Jacobs, 47 of Edwards, and formerly of Sterling, Ill., died Friday following a courageous five-year battle with cancer.

He was born on July 6, 1962, in Sterling, Ill., the son of Roger and Rose (Meinen) Jacobs and was a 1980 graduate of Sterling High School. He married Delfina “Pia” Villarreal on July 7, 1999, in Keystone.

Rodney was employed as a ski instructor for Vail Resorts. He was a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 902 Rock Falls, lll. Rodney was an avid skier and hiker.

Surviving is his wife, Pia; parents Roger and Rose Jacobs of Sterling; sisters Debra (Barry) Edwards of Tucson, Ariz., and Sharon (Mark) Taylor, of Sterling; niece Melissa (Scott) Mathes; nephews Geoffery Davis, Mathhew Taylor, Travis Davis and James Taylor; great nephews Ethan and Benjamin Mathes; great niece Madelynn Taylor; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandpaprents.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls, Ill. Graveside services will follow on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Coloma Township Cemetery in Rock Falls.

A memorial will be established in his memory.

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