Funeral services celebrating Jake's life will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Bob Freeman will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation for Jake will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Jacob Harper Memorial Education Fund for his daughter, Gracie.
Jake was born Oct. 9, 1985, in Geneseo, the son of Ken Miller and Melissa Harper. He attended Joy and Geneseo schools. Jake was a foreman-operator for Michels Pipeline Corporation of Wisconsin. Jake was a member of Union Local No. 150. He enjoyed his R.C. cars, fishing, and his tropical fish collection. Jake especially loved spending time with his daughter, Gracie.
Survivors include his parents, Ken (Colleen Boundy) Miller, Washington, Ill., and Melissa (Steve) Watkins, Geneseo; fiancee, Jessica Ensey, East Moline; daughter, Gracie Harper, at home; sisters, Emily Watkins, Brittany Miller and Kasey Miller; brothers, Stevie Watkins, Joel Watkins and Nick Watkins; grandparents, Lindell (Janet) Miller, Metamora, Ill., Brian (Betty) Harper, Geneseo, and Marilyn Harper, Georgia; great-grandfather, Laurel Harper, East Moline; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Jake was preceded in death by one brother, Kalin Watkins; and his great-grandparents.
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