Robert R. Jacobsen
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SHREVEPORT, LA - A memorial service celebrating the life of Robert R. Jacobsen will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Lakeview United Methodist Church. "Jake", as he was known to his friends, was born in Vermillion, South Dakota on June 14, 1921 and passed away March 3, 2014 after a brief illness.
Robert was a member of America's Greatest Generation. Growing up during the depression, he began working at age nine to help his widowed mother. At 17 he joined the CCC. When his National Guard unit was activated at the beginning of WWII, he came to Louisiana for training. He visited Shreveport on a weekend pass and met Mary Agnes Walters, who became his bride. When the 517th Parachute Combat Regiment was formed he was one of the first volunteers. He fought on Anzio beach, jumped into southern France, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and received a Purple Heart. After the war Robert attended Vo-Tech school and learned upholstery. He worked for Holmes Pontiac for 20 years and then became co-owner of J & H Trim shop. He was known for his meticulous craftsmanship and specialized in restoring the interior of antique cars. Robert earned his pilot's license and enjoyed fishing, playing poker with his buddies, and watching old movies. In recent years his greatest joy was his granddaughter Katie, who affectionately called him Babu. Independent and strong willed, at age 92 he still lived at home and drove his old truck.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Mary Walters Jacobsen, and his sister Bernice Jacobsen Montgomery. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Vicki Jacobsen, his "best girl" granddaughter Katie Jacobsen, niece Linda Taylor, great niece Shelly Phillips, and great nephews Patrick Humphrey and Michael Taylor.
The family would like to thank Dr. Raj Ghandi and his staff and the staff at Willis Knighton North for their care and compassion.
Published in Shreveport Times from Mar. 7 to Mar. 9, 2014