Henry A. "Hank" Jacoby, 97, of Port Clinton, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
He was born Dec. 13, 1915, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Carl and Katrina (Eukorn) Jacoby Sr.
On Nov. 8, 1958, he married, Catherine "Katie" Herzog, and she survives.
He joined the Civil Defense unit in 1940 and was commissioned into the Sandusky Police Dept. on Aug. 11, 1942. He was assigned to the first detective bureau in 1949 and established the filing system for the department. Hank made sergeant in 1951 and chief of detectives in 1962, under Sandusky Chief of Police, Robert W. Traver. He worked with Elliott Ness who was the safety service director of Cleveland, and assigned James Bensick who was the top agent for Mr. Ness and they worked organized crime for the area. Hank lectured and was assigned to the original crime unit where he wrote the book on Scientific Criminal Investigation for the Sandusky Police Dept, and organized the first School Boy Patrol picnic for Sandusky and Port Clinton. He retired from the Sandusky Police Dept. Aug. 11, 1965, and was appointed Police Chief of Port Clinton, on Oct. 17, 1966, by Mayor Gordon Cooper.In 1970 he established the first police school in the area and later assisted Father Roberts in starting a police school for Terra Tech College in Fremont. Hank became director of police training in Fremont and at the Sandusky Police academy. He organized the first detective bureau for Port Clinton and established the police school with the FBI. Hank was the director of the North Star Regional Drug Enforcement unit and president of Project Info. NRA Police School. He retired from the Port Clinton Police Dept. in 1985.
Hank was recognized in the "Who's Who in the Midwest" from 1986-87, for police training. He was the author of "Sandusky's Finest" as authentic police work of the period and was recognized by the National Assoc. of Treasury agents for work in organized crime. Hank was given the Senior Centurion Award by the Fraternal Order of Police and was on the police training staff for the NRA at the matches at Camp Perry. He was the county chair for the Drug Awareness programs.
Hank was an avid golfer and weight lifter. At one time he held the world's record for the leg press at the Toledo Y.M.C.A. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 17, Sandusky, and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 79, of Port Clinton. Hank was a co-owner of Fort Firelands. He received numerous awards from the NRA, the FBI, and the Ohio Police Chiefs Assoc. Hank was a life member of the Ohio Police Chief's Assoc, Ohio Gun Collector's Assoc, NRA and the Police & Fire Retirees of Ohio.
He was a member of the breakfast club at Trinity United Methodist Church. Hank enjoyed his two grandchildren, Brynn & Brent Jacoby of Ottawa County, as he saw them almost every day.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine "Katie" Jacoby, of Port Clinton; son, Alan (Cindy) Jacoby, of Oak Harbor; daughters, Barbara Fox, of Sandusky, and Kathleen Cote, of Columbus; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Carl Jacoby Jr. and Bill Jacoby and sister, Bertha Barker.
Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton, where there will be an FOP service at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Mark Herzog at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the funeral home. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Port Clinton.
Memorial donations in memory of Hank may be given to the Port Clinton Police Dept., 1868 Perry St., Port Clinton, OH 43452, The Sandusky Police Dept., 222 Meigs St., Sandusky, OH 44870 or the Ottawa County Humane Society, Box 425, Port Clinton, OH 43452.
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