Warren Earl Jacobson, better known as “Jake”, 83, of 1310 Village Road, Clear Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa.
Memorial services were held Monday, Sept. 12, at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating. Family suggests memorials to the Clear Lake United Methodist Church.
Warren was born July 2, 1928 on a farm between Thornton and Meservey, Iowa, to Leland Earl and Ruth Mae (Ulrich) Jacobson. At the age of eight he moved to Clear Lake with his folks. Jake graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1945. He attended the University of Iowa for one year and then attended Coyne Electrical School in 1947.
He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth “Betty” Roberts, on Nov. 9, 1947 in Clear Lake. The couple moved to Churdan, Iowa and Jake started his career as an electrician working for his uncle in Peyton, Iowa. After a year, the Jacobsons were back in Clear Lake and Jake worked for Rice Electric, for 13 years. They raised two sons and one daughter in their longtime home on 1st Avenue North. In 1960, Jake started Jacobson Electric and he ran a thriving business for 32 years. In 1992 he flicked the switch and turned the business over to his right-hand man and son, Larry.
Warren was very involved and active in his community, which included being on the Clear Lake City Council for two terms, treasurer of Clear Lake Concert Association, I.O.O.F Lodge member, Miss Iowa Pageant, Clear Lake Jaycees where he received boss of the year, Boy Scout Explorer Advisor and Eagle Scout, Clear Lake Noon Lions where he was past president and the recipient of Melvin Jones Humanitarian Award and 65 year member pin. Jake was a long time member of the “morning coffee club.” Warren and Betty enjoyed many years on the road in their motorhome, seeing the country and making new friends. He was a member of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church where he served on several different committees and sang in the choir for over 60 years.
Warren is survived by his wife, Betty Jacobson, Clear Lake; three children, Larry (Sue) Jacobson, Clear Lake, Paul (Cynthia) Jacobson, Las Cruces, N.M., and Susan (Brian) Larson, Ames, Iowa; six grandchildren, Joel (Andrea) Jacobson, Julia (Darin) Glanzer, Erica (Brent) Berger, Paige (Chad) Rabon, Courtney (Charles) Lockin, and Shelby Larson; seven great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Pat Jacobson, Clear Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Marin; and his brother, Keith.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.