Max Gene Jobe Jr.

Max Gene Jobe Jr.

March 3rd, 1952 - December 25th, 2020

On December 25, 2020, Max Gene Jobe Jr. loving son, father, and grandfather passed away unexpectedly in his home at age 68. Max was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 3, 1952, to Max Sr. and Betty (Stapleton) Jobe. In 1958 Max Sr. married Margaret Lamming and together they raised Max in Ida, Michigan. Max attended Ida High School and graduated in 1970. Max worked for Ford Motor Company in Maumee, Ohio as an automation production worker and retired after 30 years.


In April 1976 he married Norma Selfe and had two children, Heather and Craig Jobe. In May 1990 he married Marla Vergiels and had two children, Rob Vergiels and Nic Jobe.


Max was a devoted University of Michigan and Ida sports follower and could always be spotted in the stands supporting his children and grandchildren. He was known for his loud energy and occasionally being thrown out of a game when the referee made a call he didn’t agree with. His infamous line “take care of the ball” will forever echo throughout the Ida gymnasium.


One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with his children and playing with his grandchildren. His face would light up whenever he got the chance to talk about his family.


He also loved drinking beer on his front porch with his best friend Herman and his loyal dog Bella. Max was loved by many and had numerous friends in the Ida community that will miss him dearly.


Max is survived by his parents, Max Sr. and Margaret Jobe; daughter, Heather (Mark) Simmons; sons, Craig Jobe, Nic (Sara) Jobe, and Rob Vergiels; grandchildren, Ethan and Alex Simmons, Landry, Tessa, Easton, Leo, and Noah Jobe, Rylie and Clayton Vergiels; brothers, Marc (Kelly) Jobe, Bernie Buhr; sisters, Brenda (Bob) McDonagh, Debbie (Dave) Barteck, Julie Buhr, Sandy (John) Almond, and Monique (Jamie) Hunter. Along with numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Buhr, sister Renee Burpo, and nephew Matthue Barteck.


There will be a celebration of life drive-thru held on Saturday, January 2, 2021, in the Ida Township Hall parking lot from 100-400pm.


In lieu of flowers, an account has been created at Huntington Bank titled The Max Jobe Jr. Memorial Fund for a future donation to the Ida Public Schools Athletic Department.