J. Spencer Jobst

Posted 4/29/22

James Spencer Jobst, 76, of Paris, passed away at 4:46 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2022, at his residence. He was retired after more than 35 years as an earth and life science teacher at Mayo Middle …

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J. Spencer Jobst

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James Spencer Jobst, 76, of Paris, passed away at 4:46 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2022, at his residence. He was retired after more than 35 years as an earth and life science teacher at Mayo Middle School.

Public Masonic Graveside Rites will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Vermilion Cemetery, with Stratton Lodge #408 A.F. & A.M.  officiating. Burial follows. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Templeton Funeral Home.

Mr. Jobst was born Nov. 21, 1945, in Paris, the son of the late Maxwell Woodward and Julia Foley Jobst. He married Karen Sue Dailey on Nov. 29, 1980, in Vermilion, and she survives.

Other survivors include four children, Rosemary (Russ) Puzey of Fairmount, J. Andrew (Bridget) Jobst of Ypsilanti, Mich., Amanda (Doug) Repp of Casey and Emily (Jerry) Watson of Williamsport, Ind.; two brothers, Michael and Donald Jobst; two sisters, Wanda Lee Richardson and Martha Proctor; 18 grandchildren, Darren (Ashley) Powell, Dede (Jack) Childress, Dayne (Hannah) Powell, Michele (Joe) Nitkiewicz, Patrick (Camellia) Jobst, Kevin Jobst, Erin (Alex) Brown, Jack Jobst, Daniel Jobst, Anna Jobst, Joseph Jobst, Margaret Jobst, Clare Jobst, Kara (Tyler) Smith, Kaleb (Victoria) Repp, Kennedy Repp, Avah Watson and Jax Watson; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Kevin Beecher Jobst; and a sister, Diane Sherman.

Mr. Jobst earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education from Indiana State University and his Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University. He was a devoted member and Past Master of Stratton Lodge #408 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons and a member of AASR Valley of Danville. He enjoyed volunteering for Faith in Action and Habitat for Humanity and served on the Board of Directors of the Edgar County Homeless Organization.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and motorcycling, and especially loved shooting trap and skeet. He had a love for flying, maintaining his private pilot’s license for many years as well as flying remote-control aircraft and had served on the Board of Directors of the former Casey Municipal Airport. He enjoyed coaching basketball in his younger years and was proud to have taken his Mayo Redbirds boys basketball team to the Elite Eight in the early 1970s.

Mr. Jobst will be remembered as a proud and loving husband, father and grandfather; a self-proclaimed rock hound, spelunker, astronomer, political analyst, economist and philosopher.

Memorial donations may be made to the Edgar County Sportsman’s Club.

Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.