Robert John Jacobson
1931 - 2019
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Lieutenant-Colonel, USAF (Retired) Robert John "Bob" Jacobson, 87, of Poquoson, passed away on Sunday, 17 February 2019 surrounded by his children and wife of 64 years, Ute Jacobson. Bob was preceded in death by his mother Harriet Cunningham Pittman Jacobson and his father John "Jack" Jacobson. Bob culminated a distinguished 30 year career in the U.S. Air Force in 1979 as a strategic targets officer. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. Bob followed up his military career as a defense contractor where he contributed to the wholesale modernization of the U.S. Army's weapons ranges. His most satisfying employment was working with his wife at Ute's Gift Shop in Poquoson. Bob had many interests outside of work including the Boy Scouts where he was an adult leader for 16 years and was awarded its highest volunteer award, the Silver Beaver. He was a member of the Poquoson Kiwanis and member of the George F. Hixson Fellowship. Bob was a golfer, skier, bicyclist, horseback rider, and boater, but his greatest loves were his books and his model wooden ships. His magnum opus was the ship, the Adler of Luebeck. Bob was the patriarch of a large family including his wife Ute and their children: Sandra Jacobson Hood and her husband Bob; Christopher Peter Jacobson and his wife Karen; Catherine Suzanne Hopkins and her husband Jerry; Deborah Jeanne Duell and her husband Roger; Patricia Anne Owens and her husband Cornell; Michael Arthur Jacobson and his wife Sabine; and Eric John Jacobson and his wife Andrea. Bob was the proud grandfather of twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Bob's life will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, 2:00-4:00 PM at his home (for directions call 876-5582). The family will also receive friends Monday, Feb. 25, 12:00-1:00 PM, immediately followed by his funeral service at 1:00 PM led by longtime family friend, Chaplain Bill Erbach, all at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson. Interment will follow at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk with full Air Force Honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Poquoson Volunteer Rescue and Fire Squad, P.O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Daily Press on Feb. 20, 2019.
Memorial Gathering
02:00 - 04:00 PM
his home
12:00 - 01:00 PM
Tabernacle United Methodist Church
Funeral service
01:00 PM
Tabernacle United Methodist Church
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February 24, 2019
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
February 23, 2019
Bob was a true patriot. We worked together at TRADOC and he was always giving 100% of himself to the tasks at hand. He leaves a great legacy for all of us. Sympathy to all of his family and close friends.
John Klesch
February 22, 2019

I hope that the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences to you and your family. I hope there will be some comfort in your memories together, and in knowing that his loving, guiding hand carries on in you and your children.
Shelley Spears
February 22, 2019
May you rest in peace Mr. Jacobson. You have left behind a beautiful legacy and family.


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February 22, 2019
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February 21, 2019
We send our sincere sympathy to the Jacobson family. I always enjoyed browsing the Utes Gift shop in Poquoson and am sure crossed paths with Mr Jacobson. As former neighbors in the Salt Ponds, we are thinking about you Chris, and your family, for your loss.
Joan and Wayne Brown
February 20, 2019
Cherish the memories and the time you had together as they are both priceless. Your entire family is in my prayers

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Kimberly Rhoades
February 20, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences.
Carol Hetler
February 20, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord comfort you, as only He can. Praying for your family.
Laura Huff
February 20, 2019
I will always remember Bob with great respect and fondness. He responded to my invitation to join Kiwanis and then quietly became one of our most zealous members. He represents the best of our patriotic citizenry and was a model of service. He drew people to him as he embraced his family. He will be sorely missed.
Terry Johnson
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