Jacob Fruchtenicht (1943-2019)


Jacob Meier Fruchtenicht, a descendant of a Colusa County pioneer, died October 4, 2019 in his home in Chesapeake, Virginia. 

Born October 20, 1943 in Woodland, to Ernest Claus and Gretchen Meier Fruchtenicht, Jacob was the grandson of Jacob Claus and Maria Rechter Fruchtenicht, who came to Colusa County in 1870 and farmed south of Grimes. Jacob attended school in Grimes and Arbuckle where he graduated in 1961 and then to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He served a tour of combat duty in Korea and returned to Grimes to farm until he retired. He married Loretta Washburn in 1973, who survives him, as do their daughters, Heidi Luker, Gerda Bayless and Shelly Peabody-Shaw and their children Mark, Seth, and Bret Bayless and Caelan Shaw. The family lived in Woodland until 2004. In retirement, he moved to Chesapeake, Virginia.

With him when he died were his daughters, Heidi and Gerda, grandchildren Mark and Caelan, and his sisters, Gerda Faye (Marc) and Tina Phelan (Michael).

Jacob enjoyed travelling across the country and frequently returned to Colusa and neighboring counties to call on friends and family. His aunts and uncles and cousins included a “Who’s Who” of the Colusa County area: Durst, Rominger, Mumma, Miller, and Beckley families. His was the last of the local Fruchtenicht surnames. 

He was a member of the Colusa County Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and was past president of the Arbuckle Lions Club,

Services at the Grand Island Cemetery will held at a later date. Contributions may be directed to the Grimes Civic Association. ■

11/20/2019 • WPR #2019-1578

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