Herwig "Jack" Jaeger

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Nubbin Hill Cemetery (Caid Cemetery)
5036 Kimbrell Creek Road
Leslie, AR  72645
Friday, April 10, 2020
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Nubbin Hill Cemetery
5036 Kimbrell Creek Rd
Leslie, AR  72645
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Herwig "Jack" JaegerI am a Veteran.

of Leslie, AR

November 25, 1941 - April 8, 2020

Herwig "Jack" Jaeger, age 78 of Leslie, Arkansas passed from this life on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He was born in Landau, Germany on November 25th, 1941 to Hermann George Jger and Luise Emilie Buchert Jger.

Jack was raised in Essingen, Germany by his mother and he was the youngest of six siblings. At the age of fourteen, he began his carpentry apprenticeship and became a journeyman carpenter in three years. He spent a few years working as a carpenter before he immigrated to the United States in 1960. He worked as a carpenter until September, 1961 when he joined the United States Army. Jack finished his basic training and was stationed in the Republic of Korea as a medic.

In 1981, Jack and his family moved to Leslie, Arkansas. While in Leslie, he continued working as a carpenter and cabinet maker, opening Jaeger's Fine Woodworking. With a desire to continue serving his adopted country, Jack joined the Arkansas Army National Guard in 1984. As a Sergeant, he retrained as a machinist and was assigned as the Section Sergeant overseeing the work of six soldiers. He served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He retired with over 23 years of honorable service. His most notable medals are his Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, and five Reserve Component Army Achievement Medals. For 15 years, he served with the Leslie Volunteer Fire Department as both, a first responder and as the fire chief. He was active in City Council, as a serving member for 8 years. Jack was a 4-H leader, a member of the Kiwanis Club and a founding member of the Searcy County Humane Society. Upon returning home to Arkansas, he taught at the Vocational School in Leslie until 2007. After teaching, Jack enjoyed his retirement but it did not slow him down. He married his wife, Melissa on April 10th, 2010 at a lovely ceremony in Eureka Spring. He continuously helped his family by making repairs to his wife's clinic, overseeing the building of a home for his son, Jonathan and making repairs to his other son, Eric's woodshop where Jaeger's Fine Woodworking will return. He also loved visiting with family, friends and his dogs. Jack was honored that he brought his grandchildren to Germany in 2014 and 2019.

The people left to continue Herwig's legacy include his wife, Dr. Melissa Taliaferro of Leslie; his children, Jonathan and Dana Jaeger, Ketchen and Rich Duncan, Eric and Mary Jaeger and Baron Crane; grandchildren, Gary and Josie Grisham, Alexander Jaeger, Justice Jaeger, Abby Willison, Nicholas Jaeger, Christopher Jaeger, Michael Jaeger and Ocean Jaeger; great-grandchildren, Shayne Willison and Hudson Grisham; siblings, Helge Kern, Hartmut Jger and Linda Pless; his first wife and mother of his children, Kathryn, as well as all of his family in Germany and his former students. Herwig is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herman and Herbert; and his son, Kirk.

Herwig Jaeger will be interred at Nubbin Hill Cemetery with immediate family and close friends attending. There will be a celebration of life in the fall for all who knew him. The family invites everyone to sign the guestbook for Jack on the Roller-Coffman website: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/marshall.



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29 Condolence(s)
charles-allen
SEARCY, AR
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Monday, January 24, 2022

I served with Jack in the guard we were good friends. I called him Wolfman. he was always happy and willing to help. I remember trading nails with him during desert storm. somehow he always had good nails. we had to build our own furniture out of scrap lumber. condolences to the family. he was a good man

Allison Holthoff
Little Rock, AR
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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Mr Jack and his smiling face and quick wit will be missed by everyone who knew him. His family and friends are all in my prayers during this difficult time.

Rob Morton
Leslie, AR
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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Jack was a joy to be around and a good friend. I am honored to have known him. My condolences and respect to his survivors. Fare well my friend.

Kathryn Hudon
Canton, CT
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Friday, April 17, 2020

My sincerest condolences to your entire family! My love to you all during this difficult time, and always. May you be comforted by your family, and all your memories of Jack! Much love to you all. kit ❤️

Chuck Shoemake
Greenwood, IN
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Friday, April 17, 2020

Remembering many good times...rest in peace my friend.

Chuck and Susan

Diana Brodie
Leslie, AR
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Jack was a great person, a wonderful teacher, an ever-present help when others needed it, and a vital member of our community. We will all miss his great attitude and willingness to always help others . Bon voyage, Jack! xxx

Letha Bush
Cabot, AR
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Prayers for your family and what a remarkable man. May God, family and friends get you through this difficult time,

Thomas McLeod
Conway, AR
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Peace and love and hugs to the entire Jaeger family...

Roger & Paula Estes
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

It was an honor to work with Jack as a fellow machinist in the 224th maintenance company and later helping in some remodeling jobs. Rest in peace Jack! Love Roger & Paula Estes

Scott and Maryah Osborn
Ward, AR
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Maryah and I served with Jack in the National Guard. I was also a student if his at the VoTech in Leslie. I learned alot from Jack and he will be missed. God Bless

Ann Gorecke
Leslie, AR
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my prayers

Tim Blough
Marshall, AR
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

It has been an honor to have known Jack and to have served with him in the guard several years. He was a good friend and he will be missed by many. Prayers go out to his family.

Tim & Sherian Blough

Carol Clarke (Pinson) Carman
BENTON, AR
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

I will never forget Jack. He was a kind soul who loved his family and friends and made everyone feel special. My favorite memory of Jack is when he was working backstage at The Ozark Heritage Art Center during the time we were practicing for the stage production of "Little Women." He was always smiling and giving encouragement. During a break, he played "Edelweiss" on the piano for us and it was so beautiful that I will forever think of him from now on when I hear that song. Eric, Ketchen and Jonathon, you are all blessed to have loved him and I know you miss him terribly. May God comfort you as only He can. "Momma" Carol to Eric (as my Brian would have said).

Tessa Rea
Marshall, AR
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Jack will so be missed, he was such a wonderful man with some amazing kids. I love you all with all my heart. Praying for comfort.

Vicki
Leslie, AR
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

My thoughts are with you all during this hard time in your lives. Jack will be missed by so many people in our little town, just remember you will see him again someday.

Connie Cronk Roth
Pilot Grove, MO
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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Words can not express the loss that you feel. I am thankful that I have wonderful memories from my childhood of Jack and the family. He will be missed by many.

Paige Dixon
Sheridan, AR
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Saturday, April 11, 2020

While taking my mother (JoAnn) to the clinic years ago, we enjoyed the help and the smiles that Jack shared with us and everyone he saw. I am so impressed to read about his life. His walk upon this Earth has touched many hearts and lives. We were blessed to be around him during that time. Thank you, Jack for being a light along with all the others at the clinic for us. May his friends and family be comforted at this time.

Delphia Egger
Arkadelphia, AR
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Saturday, April 11, 2020

You will be missed as the "Handy Man". May the family of Jack be comforted at this time.

Wesley and Loretta Smith
Leslie, AR
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Saturday, April 11, 2020

I have know Jack since y'all moved here. Jack was a good friend and we had many great conversations. Jack will be missed.

James Fountain
Marshall, AR
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Saturday, April 11, 2020

It is an honor to call Jack my friend. He was a gifted man with many talents, and used them for the betterment of home, community and country. I served with him throughout his career in the Arkansas Army National Guard and during the Gulf War. He was a fine soldier, great teacher and loyal friend to all his fellow soldiers.

Our prayers are with all the family during this difficult time.

James and Vickie Fountain

Laken Housley
Dennard ar,
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Friday, April 10, 2020

I’m so sorry to here about jack he had a smile on my face he ask me how I was doing I’m going to miss him

Wilbur Hensley
Marshall, AR
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Friday, April 10, 2020

I worked with Jack quit a bit in the National Guard including the deployment to Desert Storm. A great and generous guy who helped build some "creature comforts" for the troops in the desert....prayers for the family...

Doug and Nancy Weaver
Witts Springs, AR
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Friday, April 10, 2020

Thank you "Jack" for your services to our country. Prayers to your family. God Bless the USA and men like you.

Peggy Adams
Marshall, AR
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Friday, April 10, 2020

Prayers and sympathy go out to all of your family.

Ocean Jaeger
Leslie, AR
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Friday, April 10, 2020

Opa, you will forever be in my heart; I can never forget the numerous things you have taught me and all the love you showed the family. I am honored to have known you. I love you!

Donald Ragland
Marshall,
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Friday, April 10, 2020

He was a good man.

Brenda Lewis
Timbo, AR
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Thursday, April 9, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I always liked he and your mom, and have fond memories, when the kids were in school. I pray God will comfort you all during these difficult times.

Douglas Campbell
Leslie, AR
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Thursday, April 9, 2020

I just wanted to offer my condolences over Jack’s passing.

Betty and Ray Barnes
Marshall, AR
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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Ray and I are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.