First Posted: 12/2/2005


JACOB COLEMAN "JAKE" STAATS, 74, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., formerly of Lima, died Nov. 28, 2005, at Lake Havasu City Nursing Home, after a year-long battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Coffeyville, Kan., to Jacob Coleman and Wilma York Richardson Staats Sr., who preceded him in death. On Nov. 28, 1959, he married Marilyn Jean Walter, who was from Wapakoneta, who died two weeks after their wedding from injuries in an auto accident while on their honeymoon. In 1972, he married Eleanor June Price Lockman, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Staats had worked with the railroad and had been a typesetter for The Lima News. He lived an adventurous life, traveling all over the United States despite partial paralysis from polio at the age of 25. He spent time in Montana where he loved to hunt and fish with his father and brother, Bill. His true passion was flying his own plane and had become known as the "Flying Dutchman." He was an avid deer hunter, prospected for uranium and precious stones and made handmade jewelry. He was an avid coin collector and author of several books he had always intended to have published. He spent most of his youth in Lima.

Survivors include a brother, Wilmer "Bill" Staats of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; two sisters, June Ruth Konst of Lima and Sharon Sue Mahon of Grand Junction, Colo.; three half brothers, Coleman Joseph "Joe" Staats of Los Angeles, Daniel Lee "Dan" Staats of Idaho and John David (Sherry) Staats of Helena, Mont.; a half sister, Carrie Marie Staats of Nampa, Idaho; seven nieces, Janet Wilson of Hillsboro, Wis., Amanda Denning of Nampa, Idaho, Heather Estey of Tracy, Minn., Rebecca Mahon and Shannon Mahon, both of Grand Junction, Colo., Teresa Leach of Temple, Ga., and Ruth "Ruthie" Kilbride of Bozeman, Mont.; nine nephews, David Konst of San Antonio, Gary (Suzette) Staats of Rowlett, Texas, Steven (Barbara) Konst of Hobe Sound, Fla., James (Joanne) Konst of Columbus, Michael Kohlhorst of Hillsboro, Wis., Michael Mahon of Grand Junction, Colo., William "Billy" Staats of Polson, Mont., Tim Moors of Missoula, Mont., and Keith Moors of Meade, Wash.; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, other beloved relatives and friends.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home, Kalispell, Mont. Burial will be in Glacier Memorial Cemetery, Kalispell, Mont.

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