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Harold Jacobsen, 75

April 17, 2014

Harold Jacobsen died March 31, 2014, at Emeritus Memory Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Harold, the youngest of six children, was born at home in the Eureka Valley Community May 20, 1938, to John H. and Gladys (Johnson) Jacobsen. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Lower Powell Canyon, and subsequently in 1940, to a farm in the Gates Community. Following grade school there, he graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1957. After spending a few months at farm work, he entered the U.S. Army where he served in the Security/Military Police in Korea. Upon completion of military service he became a member of the Nebraska State Patrol, and was stationed in Holdrege.
He married Linda Kennedy of Arapahoe, in 1963.Having grown up in
the country led to the decision to resign from the Patrol, and move to Colo-rado as a ranch manager. Later, they moved back to Nebraska and after a brief time working for the Public Utility Company in Holdrege area he signed on as special agent for Union Pacific Railroad.
Initially stationed in Omaha, they transferred to Green River, Wyo., in 1973. He and Linda later separated. Retiring from UPRR in 1995, he continued to call Green River home, even though he spent much of the next three years living near Chadron with brother Harry's family.
He then lived in St. George, Utah, while spending most of one year driving cross country for a trucking company (" I get to see all this country for nothing"), plus lengthy visits to his daughters' families wherever they were living (Idaho, Wyoming, Germany, New York). The last few years in Green River he was a rcgular at the coffee shop with his "ole UP buddies" that were also retired.
He, and good friend Dick Baxter, loved going to the cabin up in mountains south of Jackson, Wyo. He didn't even need an excuse. Some times he would drive up and stay overnight just because he enjoyed it so
much. By 2011, it became obvious he could no longer reside alone. He went to stay with daughter Michelle and her family near Philadelphia, NY. In March 2013, he moved to Heritage Hall in Broken Bow, and later to the Alzheimer's unit at Golden Living Center.
He moved to Emeritus Memory Care Center in Colorado Springs in October 2013 when his daughter Pennie relocated to Colorado.
He is survived by daughter, Pennie (Scott) Schultz of Colorado Springs, and granddaughters Ashley and Karlie; daughter, Michelle (Kevin) Heflin of Philadelphia, NY, and granddaughters Heather and Tyler; sisters, Pauline Landreth of Broken Bow, and Helen Koch of Shickley; brothers, Harry (Doris) of Chadron, Paul of Merna; and Loren (Cleo) of Broken Bow; multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents, John and Gladys; brother-in-law, Ken Koch; sisters-in-law, Norene Jacobsen and Emily Jacobsen; plus nephews, Duane and Jonathan Jacobsen, and niece Barbara Jacobsen Bull. Cremation was chosen with memorial services planned for later in summer. He will be remembered as an ambitious, hard working, friendly, individual who thoroughly enjoyed his work in law enforcement. He loved his family, hunting, going to the cabin in the mountains, and living in Wyoming.

Published in Custer County Chief, April 17, 2014

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