Coy Gilbert Jacob

January 5, 1948 - September 7, 2019
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Coy G. Jacob, age 71, of Venice, FL, passed away on September 7, 2019.  He was born to Lois Jacob-Lamar and Homer Jacob  on January 5, 1948 in St. Louis, MO.  He came to the Venice area in 1984


Coy was a true entrepreneur, who was successful in real estate and his true passion, aviation. His first business was as a mobile home dealer, and his company, Jacob Mobile Homes, grew to be the top mobile home sales company in the Midwest. Although he loved St. Louis, he was drawn to warmer weather, so he moved his family to Venice, Florida. Once in Venice, he started an aviation company, which he ran for several years out of Venice Airport. Later, he created an aviation magazine before retiring.


Coy was a larger than life personality who lived a long, exciting and full life in his 71 years. He told this story often, with pride: As a little boy, he made a wish on his 10th birthday for three things: to be six feet tall, to be a pilot and to drive a corvette. He accomplished all of those things, and reminded his family often that his wishes came true. He couldn’t have known as a 10-year-old, but in addition to becoming an accomplished and record-holding pilot, his true pride was the five wonderful children that he went on to have. He cherished them, and would beam with pride telling anyone who would listen about them.


Coy came a long way from his humble beginnings as a young boy growing up in Ellisville, MO. He was a flight instructor in college, studied hard and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. Years later, he was invited back to give the commencement speech, which he was so proud of. It was at Southeast Missouri State University that he made many lifelong friends and met Renauta, who would become his wife of 20 years and the mother of four of his adult children. Years later, he met and married Joan, a fellow pilot and they were married for 18 years, and had a son, who now attends the University of Florida in Gainesville.


Even after moving to Venice, Florida where he could drive his boat year-round, Coy kept two houses in Missouri to return back to – one just outside of St. Louis and one in Lake of the Ozarks, where he grew up going as a boy. Coy passed on his love of Lake of the Ozarks to his children, and each Summer he would fly his family from Venice to the Lake in his Mooney. Coy used to brag to friends that his twin girls didn’t even know there were roads from Florida to Missouri until they got in elementary school. Coy was most at peace during those Summers at Lake of the Ozarks, inviting family and friends to come visit, exploring the lakes by boat, jet skis, and being surrounded by those he loved.


Coy loved anything with wheels or a propeller that went fast: Triumph and Harley motorcycles, boats, jet skis, Mooney airplanes and cars, specifically corvettes. He not only loved speed, but wanted to help others achieve the exhilarating feeling of flying at top speeds. Coy was the subject of numerous aviation magazine articles for pioneering speed modifications for Mooney Aircraft. He was also incredibly proud to hold the Standardized Type Certificate (STC) for a number of speed modifications for Mooneys, which is similar to a patent for modifying an aircraft to perform a certain function. His passion for being a pilot and aviation led him to own different aviation businesses over the years.


Coy was also a gifted and established writer. He was an investigative journalist and staff writer for Aviation Consumer magazine, and a regular contributor to his own magazine, MOA Pilot, which he published for a time. He was also featured on the cover of Air Progress magazine flying in his beloved Mooney.


Coy was a long-time member of the Sertoma Club of Venice, which he enjoyed attending weekly meetings and socializing with fellow members. He found love again later in life with his fiancée Lynda. Like Coy, Lynda is a pilot, and they shared many of the same passions and interests such as flying, riding motorcycles and more.

Memorial donations can be made to the Sertoma Club of Venice.

Friends can gather on Saturday, September 14th from 4-5 pm at Farley Funeral Home in Venice.  A memorial service will begin at 5 pm

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Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Farley Funeral Home - Venice Chapel


265 Nokomis Avenue South
Venice, FL 34285

Service Information

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

Farley Funeral Home - Venice Chapel


265 Nokomis Avenue South
Venice, FL 34285


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Born: January 5, 1948
Died: September 7, 2019

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Elissa (Jacob) Rodrigues posted on 10/17/19

I still can't look at this page without choking up.... Missing you and thinking of you every day. :( I hope you're flying the fastest planes, driving the best boats and riding your favorite motorcycles up there with your best friends and family. I love you and will miss you always. I know you're watching over us, but you were gone too soon. :(


Marianne & Danny posted on 9/15/19

May all the happy memories help carry you through this sad time. Our sincere condolences to you all and all who love Coy.


norman and Margie Riggle posted on 9/13/19

In memory of Coy Gilbert Jacob, norman and Margie Riggle lit a candle


Pat Walter posted on 9/11/19

We send our condolences to all of you. Remembering the “old” days when you first came to Venice and going to Lake of the Ozarks with much fun...and Coy could always make us laugh! That’s the way we remember him....especially his Donald Duck routine!! Pat and George Walter


Anne & Dale Scrivner posted on 9/10/19

Dear Jacob Family: Please accept our deepest sympathy.


Nancy Barkus posted on 9/10/19

Chuck and I are very sorry for your loss. We shared many happy times with your parents at the lake and other fun things like camping and a float trip. I know you will miss him terribly and send our condolences. Nancy Barkus


The Clinch Family posted on 9/10/19

Coy was indeed a "larger than life" individual, a great Sertoma member, and will be missed. He loved and was so proud of his kids, and it showed. Our condolences to the family.


Gay Becker posted on 9/9/19

Please accept my sincere sympathy to the family. He sounds like a man that truly lived life and for that you can be thankful. Gay Becker Glenallen Elementary


June Kaida posted on 9/9/19

We are saddened to hear about Elissa’s father’s passing. Our condolences to Elissa, Marc V and her whole family. June, Larry Kaida and family


Erin M Purcell (Luck) and the Luck family posted on 9/9/19

To the Jacob family, I, Erin Luck and the Luck family wish to give you all our deepest condolences. Coy was such a huge part of our lives. My grandfather LeRoy Luck introduced us grandchild to Coy at a very young age. I remember boat rides at the lake, fish frying, dinners out, ice cream, and go cart rides. Summers at the lake were so much fun. Coy would even let my parents use the lake house for us kids to enjoy when Coy, LeRoy, Patsy , and Ren would soak up the sun in Florida. He will be greatly missed. I can picture my grandfather LeRoy now, giving him a swat on the back followed by some silly comment or joke. I know they are flying their most favorite plane and carrying on as they did here on earth just now they are in both at peace with their health, in a much better place.


Ren and Pat posted on 9/9/19

So sorry, Lynda, Chase, Elissa, Lauren, Clayton, Cara, and rest of the family. You are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Remember the good times in the days ahead of you💙


Flo Neu posted on 9/9/19

My condolences to Lauren and her whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.


Dawn McManus posted on 9/9/19

Dear Chase, Pat and I were so saddened to hear of your father’s passing. We’d like you to know we are here for you if you need anything at all. God Bless you and your family, Pat and Dawn McManus


Kim posted on 9/8/19

Dear Lynda im so sorry to hear of coys passing i know the two of you shared the same passion the love of flying if there is anything you need please dont hesitate to call me. Love you and prayers. Kim