Jacob Gordon Hericks
Jacob Gordon Hericks, 26, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, passed away in his home on September 23, 2020.
Jacob was born on August 19, 1994 to Keri Schauf and Steve Hericks in Tomah, Wisconsin. Jake attended Tomah High School and graduated in 2012. Jake then attended classes at WWTC in La Crosse.
Jake is survived by his parents Keri (Chad) Schauf of Sparta, Wisconsin, Steve (Sonja) Hericks of Tomah, Wisconsin, sisters Maddison, Jaiden, Harley and Jackie Schauf; brothers Tommy and Lane Hericks, grandparents Linda (Kit Rixie) Smothers of Camp Douglas, Jeffery Butner of Sparta; Tom and Jane Hericks of Tomah; nephew Denver Schauf; and many grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his great grandparents Gordon and Laura Snider, Harvey and Jean Buchholz, Linn and Eva Butner; uncles Ronnie Kemp, Darren Schauf and Tom Buchholz; great uncle Gerald (Jerry) Hericks; great aunt Karen Gruen and a cousin Bryan (Munchie) Kemp.
Condolences may be sent to 216 Pine St. Sparta WI, 54656 or by adding a comment to Jakes obituary.
A message from Jake’s family.
If you don’t understand what it feels like to love an addict, we pray that you never have to. We hope you never have sleepless nights or days spent wishing and praying the person you love is safe, or alive. We hope you never have to explain to someone what your loved one was like before the addiction to defend their character. We hope you never have to look so far back to remember the person they were before the addiction. We hope you never have to experience the broken system. We pray you never have to experience sending your child to their sixth recovery program. We hope you never have to feel the judgement from others. We hope and pray you never have to tell your friends and family that everything is okay when you’re secretly falling apart inside, praying for a miracle. We pray you never have to feel the loneliness of keeping a secret like this, or the hopelessness of losing someone long before they pass. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care where you come from or how much you are loved. When you love an addict, the person you knew and the addict are not one in the same. They don’t want to be an addict. They long for the happiness and the life they had before the addiction took over. As much as we fought endlessly for Jake, this was his battle. Despite everything he endured, Jake remained a loving cousin, nephew, grandson and son. He was a fun brother, proud uncle, and good friend. We hope and pray you never have to live with the pain of wondering what their life would have looked like without addiction. If you don’t understand, we hope that you never have to.
Never give up fighting……