PHOENIX: (602) 906-9600 | PEORIA: (623) 486-1955

Date of Birth: October 07, 1992

Date of Death: January 26, 2023

Jake (Squishies) stuffed everyone he met full of love and joy. His infectious laugh, his witty sense of humor and his contagious smile were like sunshine sprinkled over the lives of anyone blessed to have known him. Jake gave his love and his hugs freely and truly believed in his kind, innocent heart that there was only good in people and that it was possible to love away pain and sorrow in someone's heart with a hug. Jake loved learning about history, the military and our country. He loved Top Gun and Batman, Marvel, Comicon, comic books, working on theater productions and cooking, but most of all Jake loved having get-togethers with games and good food with his friends and family and his beloved Dachshund, Sophie Panini. While Jake's life was filled with many challenges, it was also blessed with many beautiful victories. We celebrated each victory no matter how small (we had a party)! Jake coined the phrase 'Faith and Love' early in life and that is what we lived by. It may have taken 7 years but Jake achieved his GED and went on to GCC to study Theater. Attempting to keep up with his brother Ben, Jake earned his driver's license and bought his own car, the BATJAKE. Jake worked mentoring young foster boys and autistic kids for several years and later became a very inspirational employee at Home Goods and Walmart. Jake spent every minute of his life trying to make someone else's life better. Jake was a beloved co-worker, neighbor, friend, son, brother, grandson, and cousin and he will be deeply missed. Jake leaves behind his devoted Mom, Celia, his brother, Ben (Samantha), who he looked up to every day, his sister, Ellie, with whom he shared his love of animals and the outdoors, his Grandma, Cyrille Kane, his cousins, Asher, Noah, Matthew, Madison, Brody and Amir, his aunts and uncles, his cousins and family in Indianapolis and his faithful companion, Sophie Panini, to carry on his mission to spread love and kindness. Jake was predeceased in death by his Grandpa, Jerome Melrose, and Grandpa, Rabbi Gerald Kane, and his pup-pup Dixie. Jake, I know the road you walked on was anything but easy, you picked up your share of scars along the way. Oh, but now you are standing in the sun, you've fought your fight and your race is run, the pain is all a million miles away. You will forever be the brightest light in all our hearts.

Service Information

A Celebration of Life is planned with friends and family. If you wish to share cards, your memories or stories, or condolences with Jake's family, please contact for mailing address or other information. A Guest Book is also available to sign at