Jacob Bryan Raleigh
Maiden Name: n/a
Jacob Bryan Raleigh, 80, passed away October 2, 2004 in Kansas City, KS. He was born January 1, 1924 in LeFlore, OK to James B. and Irene (McCann) Raleigh. Jacob spent his early childhood in the Latimer County area, attending Denman Public Schools. In 1941, he moved with his father, grandparents and siblings to Stilwell, where he attended Adair County Public Schools.
On December 2, 1942, Jacob enlisted in the Army Air Force. After completing munitions training at Dyersburg AAF Base, TN, he was assigned to the 41st Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group as a munitions specialist. During World War II, 1942-1946, he was assigned to the following combat areas: the Southern Philippines at Luzon; the Western Pacific Ryukyus Island of Okinawa, and New Guinea. His support unit helped to halt the Japanese advance in Papua, New Guinea and continued to furnish munitions support for the Allied offensive that recovered the rest of New Guinea.
At Luzon, Jacob’s unit served as a support unit for the Allied air and ground forces. In 1945, his unit supplied munitions support for the Allies air strafing of railways and airfields in the Japanese held areas of Kyushu Island and Korea. In October 1945, he was reassigned to Irumagawa, Japan for completion of his tour of duty. Jacob served his country in World War II with distinction, earning numerous combat ribbons, including the World War II Liberation Ribbon with one star. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force on January 14, 1946.
Jacob was employed in highway construction work in 1947-1948. On September 18, 1949, he married Juanita Parker and they made their home in Kansas City, MO. On November 29, 1949, Jacob was employed by the General Motors Corporation plant in Kansas City, KS, where he worked until his retirement on April 1, 1986.
Jacob enjoyed outdoor activities and was a master gardener. He enjoyed fishing and hiking in the mountains in Adair County, and photographing the beautiful fall foliage colors. He was also an outstanding checker player and enjoyed many competitive games with his father and brothers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Sylvia Mize McFall; one brother, Paul Raleigh; and daughter-in-law Tang Raleigh. Survivors include three sons, Randall of Kansas City, KS; Ricky of Versailles, MO; and Lance of Fulton, MO; brothers Jennings Raleigh of Stilwell, and Earl Raleigh of Weatherford; and sisters Elizabeth Watkins, Stilwell; Marilyn Keith, Talihina; and Bonnie Turner, Tulsa. Jacob is also survived by grandchildren Mary Sweet, April Marie, Heather Adell, Geraldine, Jennifer, Melissa and Jesse Raleigh; his step-mother Nettie Raleigh, Stilwell; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.