|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1999|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 2008|
JACOB TYLER ASH, age 8 of Cecil, Ohio, died on Friday, March 28, 2008 in Hillsdale County, Michigan from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born on September 9, 1999 in Hillsdale, MI to Joshua J. Curtis and Heather L. Ash. Jacob lived in Cecil and attended Paulding Elementary School.
He is survived by his mother, Heather L. Skala of Cecil, OH and her friend Don Gipple, Jr. of Hicksville, OH, his father Joshua J. Curtis of Hillsdale, two brothers, Levi Daniel Watkins, Jr. of Pittsford, MI, Austin Lee Skala of Cecil, OH, his step-father John Skala of Paulding, OH, maternal grandmother, Joy L. Dilyard of Cecil, maternal great-grandmother, Beulah Dilyard of Cecil, paternal grandmother, Pam Derouin of Upper Michigan, aunt Renee Schinler of Addison, uncle Kelley Ash of Hicksville, OH, and uncle Brian (Amanda) Spieth of Hillsdale.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Tom Curtis and maternal great-grandfather Clyde Dilyard.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Addison, MI with Pastor Drew Woods, officiating. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Tuesday. Burial will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery, Hudson, Michigan.
What was supposed to be a special father-son weekend turned tragic when a vehicle crash killed 8-year-old Jacob Ash and seriously injured his father, Joshua Curtis, 28.
Curtis, of Concord, and his son were driving in Hillsdale County's Cambria Township when their vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree Friday night.
"It's a horrible, horrible situation," said Dan Kidder, general manager of Rose City Motors, where Curtis works as the dealership's service manager.
Jacob died at the crash site on Steamburg Road near Reynolds Road, according to a press release from the Michigan State Police.
Curtis was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was listed in critical condition late Monday.
Family members and friends are devastated.
Jacob was born in Hillsdale but moved to Cecil, Ohio, with his mother, Heather Skala, about three or four years ago. He was in the second grade at Paulding Elementary School.
Jacob was supposed to spend the weekend with his father.
Jacob enjoyed riding his bike, racing, video games and cartoons.
"He was a happy little boy," said Joy L. Dilyard of Cecil, Jacob's grandmother. "It's hard to explain how Jacob is. He's just happy about things."
Skala said she has been receiving a lot of support from family and friends.
"I'm just taking it one day at a time," Skala said.
Skala said she and her family continue to pray for Curtis.
Kidder said he and the staff at Rose City Motors have been getting regular updates on Curtis, and they are all pulling for him.
Arrangements for Jacob are being handled by Brown-VanHemert Funeral Home in Addison. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
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Record added: Mar 30, 2008
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