Richard Lynn Jacobsen, the son of Nels and Lillian (Hoover) Jacobsen, was born on February 12, 1933, in Harlan, Iowa. He was raised in Harlan and graduated from Harlan High School in 1951. Richard served in the U.S. Air Force from February, 1952, until August, 1955. He moved from Harlan in 1961, and in 1972, settled in Phoenix, Arizona, where he resided for many years. He was employed as a civil servant for the Veteran’s Administration in the Supply department. Most recently, Richard lived with his brother, Robert, before entering the University Park Nursing and Rehab Center Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa.
Richard enjoyed attending high school reunions. He also liked to watch horse racing, and at one time, he had even owned a race horse.
Richard L. Jacobsen died on Wednesday, December 26, 2007, at the University Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 74 years, 10 months, and 14 days.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jean Alice Petersen. He is survived by one brother, Robert (Arlene) Jacobsen of West Des Moines, Iowa; one sister, Dolores Wiley of Norfolk, Nebraska; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 29, 2007, at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Gundar Lamberts of the First Baptist Church in Harlan officiating. Lee Nelson served as the soloist. Casket bearers were family and friends. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery in Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements.