Cecil Jacobs

Cecil Jacobs

Cecil Eugene 86, of Woodbury, MN, passed away suddenly on February 29th, 2024.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 North 4thStreet, Clear Lake, Iowa, 50428; with Rev. Derek Crawford officiating. Inurnment will take place at Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme, Iowa.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Minnesota Orchestra in Cecil’s memory.

Cecil was born in Hancock County, Iowa, third child of Roy and Phildred Jacobs.  He grew up on local farms and graduated from Klemme High School in the class of 1955.  Cecil attended Iowa State University on an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a Bachelors of Ceramic Engineering.  Shortly thereafter he married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, and was a devoted husband to her for 64 years.   

Cecil was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where he also worked as a civilian consultant.  He then joined 3M and worked there for 32 years until his retirement which, as he always said, was his true vocation.  Despite this, he spent many years following his retirement as the chairman of the Woodbury Methodist Cemetery.

Cecil and Marlene raised their three children in Woodbury and enjoyed taking trips with the family.  After retirement, they traveled frequently by RV visiting friends, relatives, and seeing new places.  In between trips, they played bridge with their many friends and loved to attend Minnesota Orchestra concerts together.  Cecil also enjoyed playing golf and grilling. 

Cecil was an able handyman and could do anything from minor fixes to building furniture.  It was always a good day when he needed to make a trip to Home Depot.  He was an avid reader and later in life his hobbies turned to computer technology and stock trading.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Phildred; brother, Don Maurice; and sister, JoAnne Gentle.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marlene; children, daughter Chris Jacobs, sons, Daniel (JoEllen), and Peter (Shalini); sister, Kay Karsjens; brother, Mike (Trish); grandchildren, Matthew (Megan) and Nicholas (Ashley); great-grandchild, Graham; as well as many other loving family and friends. 

Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 310 1stAve. North Clear Lake, Iowa 50428. 641-357-2193



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