Jabe Austin Hammack, 20, Gering

United States Marine Lance Corporal Jabe Austin Hammack, 20, of Gering unexpectedly passed away Sunday October 6th 2013 at Camp Pendleton in California. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 14th, 2013 at Assembly of God Northfield Church in Gering, with Pastor Brad Staman officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday October 13th at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. Arrangements are being handled by Jolliffe Funeral Home and the United States Marine Corps providing full military rights. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.

Jabe was born January 1, 1993 in Scottsbluff to Julie & Patrick Hammack He grew up in Gering. Jabe participated in the Gering Fire Department Jr. Fire Patrol Program in 5th grade and earned the rank of Co Chief. Jabe participated in the German Club while attending Gering High School. He graduated from Gering High School in 2011 & was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps delayed entry program. While enlisted in the United States Marine Corps he completed basic training in October, 2012 at MCRD in San Diego. Jabe completed MOS training for Aviation Warfare, Aviation Structural Mechanics (hydraulics & structures) in April 2013 in Pensacola Florida and was currently stationed at Camp Pendleton California, Squadron HMLA 267.

Jabe enjoyed drawing anime for himself & snoopy artwork for his Mom. He was an animal lover especially his cat Trucker & husky Semper. Jabe was a gentle giant and known to his friends as Jabels or Sasquatch. Jabe loved spending time with his family, barbequing, swimming and was totally committed to the CORPS. Jabe also enjoyed hanging out with his friends and taking an occasional trip to Denver with his brother Kaleb and friends Tyler, Nathan, Caleb and Reece.

Jabe is survived by his parents, Patrick & Julie of Gering; brothers, Kaleb, Mitchell, Dylan Hammack & Tyler Lacy of the home; grandfather, Austin Genoways of Bayard; grandparents, Mike & Lois Hammack of Gering; aunt, Lynn Genoways of Omaha; uncles, Jeff (Sharon) Genoways children Sara, Kelsey & Madison of Fort Calhoun and Jon (Sydney) Genoways children Joe, Jacob, Grace & Sam of Fort Calhoun; great grandmother, Frances Miller of Fort Calhoun; great aunts, Phoebe (Jerry) Zeigler of Tekamah, Cathy Genoways of Fort Calhoun, and Mary (Squeek) Lawrence of Blair; great uncles, David Genoways of Fort Calhoun, Doug Genoways of Fort Calhoun, and David (Susie) Miller of Fort Calhoun; cousin, USMC Private First Class Nathan Genoways; numerous other cousins in Eastern Nebraska along with fellow servicemen, and best friends Cadet Reece Blanton of the US Army, Seaman 1st Class Caleb Gorham of the US Navy and Private First Class Jerrick Bowers of the US Army.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Susie Genoways; brother, Seth Hammack; great grandmother, Hannah Genoways; and great grandparents, Joe & Bernice Lojka, Ellis & Gayle Hammack.

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