Larry Jacobson, age 76, of Kearney and formerly of Riverdale died Thursday morning, November 29, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Funeral services will be Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Main officiating. Graveside services and burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Ne with military rites at the grave by the North Platte Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Military Honors Unit. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Monday morning at the Church. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 5:00-6:00 Sunday evening. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Endowment Fund (Building and Facilities) of Kearney or the Riverdale Cemetery.
A message of condolence, tribute or memory can be left at www.hlmkfuneral.com.
Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Larry was born April 9, 1936 in Kearney, Nebraska to Harvey and Georgia (Gay) Jacobson. He attended Kindergarten at A.O. Thomas School (UNK) in Kearney and the remainder of his elementary grades at Fair Oaks School west of Riverdale, graduating from Riverdale High School in 1954.
He farmed in the Riverdale area after high school and then entered the service on January 13, 1956 and served in the U.S. Navy until he was discharged on December 11, 1959. He was stationed at Great Lakes, Norman, OK, Memphis, TN and Patuxent Naval Air Base in Lexington Park, MD. After his discharge he worked on a ranch near Malta Montana for a year.
He married Colleen N. Aspegren on July 20, 1958 in Clay Center, Nebraska and to this union were born three children: Bryan, Todd and Jana. Following his discharge they lived in Grand Island where Larry was employed at the Sothman Lumber Company as a cabinet maker and then for Sperry New Holland Manufacturing Company until 1972 when they returned to Riverdale where he farmed until retiring in 2000.
He enjoyed hunting and particularly fishing. He was on a bowling team for many years. He taught several members of his family to play cribbage. He had a witty humor and enjoyed teasing friends and family. He enjoyed passing time with his coffee buddies at Little USA after retiring. He always enjoyed family get-togethers and especially his grandchildren.
Larry was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kearney. He served on the Riverdale Cemetery Association Board and the Riverdale School Board for many years. In July of 1985 he and Colleen received the Aksarben Pioneer Family Award for the farm being in their family for 100 years or more.
Surviving relatives include: Wife-Colleen of Kearney, 2 sons-Bryan and his wife Stephanie of Grand Island and Todd and his wife Rhonda of Grand Island, 1 daughter-Jana Langhorst and her husband Ed of Lincoln. Also surviving are 4 granddaughters-Jessica, Josephine, Nicole and Lauren Jacobson of Grand Island and 1 grandson-Jacob Langhorst of Lincoln. Three brothers-in-law; Lowell Aspegren of Omaha, Lyle Aspegren and his wife DeeDee of Cave Creek, AZ and Larry Aspegren and his wife Nina of Newport Beach, CA; a longtime relationship with cousins-Sharron Altmaier and Pauline Jacobson. Also a Navy buddy and longtime friend, John Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss, CO, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson-Jordan Jacobson