January 24, 1922 – September 7, 2018
Born in Lincoln, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE
Norvel L. Jacobs
Norvel Leonard Jacobs a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, WWII veteran, and friend to many, passed away at the age of 96 in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday evening, September 7, 2018. Norvel was a giving, joyful, and kind hearted man who made friend easily everywhere he went.
Norvel was born in Lincoln, NE on January 24, 1922, the second of five children of John and Emma (Kargo) Jacobs. In 1942, he answered his country’s call to go to war. He served in the US Army 255th Ordinance MM Co., where he saved many of his fellow soldiers lives when their amphibious vehicle capsized at the battle of Utah Beach in the Normandy invasion. He was part of the company that liberated Buchenwald Concentration Camp. He also served as a chaplain’s assistant and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.
Just before he shipped out, he met the woman who became the love of his life, Jean Livingston. Following their long-distance courtship and his discharge, the two were married on December 7, 1945. They celebrated their seventieth anniversary in 2015.
Norvel worked for Fry, White, Guzak, and Associates as an accountant for most of his career, extending his network of friends across the state.
Norvel raised two children, Janis and Mark. He was the grandfather of Logan, Erin, Sam, and Gretchen; and great-grandfather of Grayden. He was also the adopted father and grandfather to countless others who knew him, including his kindergarten students whom he loved and taught what it meant to be a gentleman.
He was a life long Huskers fan, golfer, bowler, gardener, and fisherman of fish and souls for the Lord Jesus, whom he loved.
He was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church where he served in many roles from treasurer to youth and men’s leader. He also served state-wide as president of American Baptist Men of Nebraska.
Norvel Jacobs was preceded in death by his parents John and Emma Jacobs; brother John Jacobs; sisters Betty Brown, Margret Phillips, and Helen Chastain; wife Jean Jacobs; and daughter Janis Jacobs.
Norvel had a profound impact on those he met; his outpouring of love created a positive influence on the lives of those around him that this brief description can only begin to express.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Wednesday (9/12) at 2nd Baptist Church, 525 N 58th St In lieu of flowers, memorials to 2nd Baptist Church or Camp Moses Merrill. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service.
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