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Elmer Jacobsen, 88 - July 30, 2008


Elmer Christian Jacobsen, 88, of Marquette died Saturday, July 26, 2008, at Bryan/LGH West Medical Center in Lincoln.
Services were held on Tuesday, July 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg with the Rev. Dan Cosson officiating. Interment was held at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.
Jacobsen was born Aug. 19, 1919, to Christian Theodore and Alma Nikkolena (Andersen) Jacobsen on a family homestead near Marquette in the house he lived in all his life.
He attended country schools and also the Dane school at Kronborg before graduating from Marquette High School in 1938. His first language was Danish. As a teenager in the 1930’s, he spent a summer putting up hay at Elk Mountain, WY, and in the winter picking corn by hand at Elkhorn and Kimbleton, IA.
In December of 1941, he enlisted in the military and became an X-ray technician in the Army Air Corps. He spent four years on many islands in the South Pacific during World War II. When the war ended, he returned home to his Kronborg community.
?Jacobsen had also attended winter school at Grand View College in Des Moines, IA, then returned to begin farming with his brother, Arthur.
On June 24, 1951, he was united in marriage to Joy (Chris and Esther) Rasmussen of Denmark, KS. He remained active in farming, raising and feeding cattle his entire life, hardly slowing down in his latter years, according to family members.
?He continually served his community in many capacities including his church at Kronborg, the school board, coop board, foundation committees and projects. His faith and service to God was important to him and he was active in his church at Kronborg, prison ministries, Via De Cristo and the Walk to Emmaus, said family members.
Jacobsen was preceded in death by his parents, Christian and Alma.
Survivors include: his wife, Joy of Marquette; four sons—Jeffrey (Coral Lea) of Marquette, Luke (Lori) of Marquette, Noel (Joni) of Gothenburg, and Mark (Diana) of Lincoln; six grandsons and six granddaughters; two step-grandsons; three great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters and awaiting another.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Prison Ministries, Via De Cristo, World Hunger, Disaster Relief or donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be shared with the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.

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