Jacob 'Jake' Nettnay

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Jacob "Jake" Nettnay passed away March 18, 2018, from complications of cancer. He was born February 20, 1990, in Kentucky.
Jake is survived by his parents Kent and Barbara Nettnay, his sister Alix (Nick) Craft, nephews Wilder and Levon, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Max & Ellen Nettnay and Ken & Juanita Nussbaum.
Jake packed numerous experiences into his short life. His proudest accomplishments were earning the rank of Eagle in Boy Scouts and graduating from Wabash College. While at Wabash he became a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was editor-in-chief of The Phoenix.
Jake was a curious individual. He studied many disciplines that piqued his interest: mathematics, Christianity, philosophy, and Old English to name a few. He interned with the Indiana State Senate, where he experienced Indiana politics. Another year he taught geometry at LaSallette Academy.
Jake's final job was at the Hill-Rom Call Center. His proudest moment there came when he answered the call from a hospital in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, the night of the mass shooting. He was responsible for getting as many of a Hill-Rom product delivered there as quickly as possible.
A professor at Wabash once said that sometimes to change the world all one needs to do is find a small piece of it and love it deeply. Batesville was Jake's beloved place. He had dreams to buy "the prettiest house in Batesville" (a small brick farmhouse) and someday run for mayor. A favorite pastime of his was walking Brum Woods.
He was diagnosed with adrenocortical cancer on November 17, 2017. It is a very rare and aggressive cancer with few treatment options. His final months were spent with family and friends whom he cherished.
Visitation will be Friday, April 6, 2018, from 5-8pm and Saturday, April 7, from 9-10:30am all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.
Funeral services will be 11am on Saturday at Batesville United Methodist Church in Batesville. Burial to follow in the Batesville UMC Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Jake requested memorials be made to the nonprofit corporation Summer Food for Kids, P.O. Box 351, Batesville, IN 47006.
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Published on March 26, 2018
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