James Andrew Jacobs, 83, of Burlington, died at 1:25 PM Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Prairie Ridge Care & Rehabilitation in Mediapolis.
Born December 23, 1937, in Harlan, IA, he was the son of Nicholas M. and Lucy Muchalski Jacobs. On August 27, 1960, he married Judy Kay Arledge in Burlington. They later divorced. He married Carol Lynn Nelson on February 12, 1983. They later divorced. He married Judy again on March 17, 1995. She preceded him in death on October 3, 2018.
Jim did the ROTC Program at Iowa State University where he played football and track on scholarship and received his Bachelor Degree in Geology.
Jim was career Air Force. He was also a Vietnam Veteran, receiving a Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, AF Commendation Medal, Airmed Forces Reserve Medal, AF Longevity Service Ribbon with three Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, AF Outstanding Unit Award, Gallantry Cross with device and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Major James Jacobs served his country with honor. Jim also worked for Lockheed Martin for 20 years.
He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish and the Knights of Columbus. Jim was a member of the Bulls Stock Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, traveling, was a great cook, enjoyed reading and followed the stock market. Jim loved his God, his family and his country.
Survivors include one son, Jeffrey A (Nancy) Jacobs of Sperry; one daughter, Sarah Jacobs of Colorado Springs, CO; three grandchildren; one brother, Nicholas (Mary Helen) Jacobs of Saint Louis, MO; one sister, Roseanne (Gary) Larsen of Harlan, IA; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Benjamin Jacobs; six brothers, Raymond, Laverne, Charles, Kenneth, Gordon, and Victor; and five sisters, Evelyn, Bernice, Betty, Lorrane, and Darlene.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Divine Mercy Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
The Memorial Mass of the Resurrection for Jim will be 11:00 AM Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Divine Mercy Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Very Rev. Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard as well as the United States Air Force. Burial will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Wounded Warrior Project.
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