Colonel Gordon B. “Corky” Jacobs

Colonel Gordon B. “Corky” Jacobs, 86, a resident of Lakeview Estates, was called home to his Lord on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

He was born on February 12, 1927, in Fond du Lac, a son to William and Edna Rottman Jacobs.  He graduated from Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Class of 1944.

Following graduation, Gordon attended UW-Madison, prior to enlisting in the United States Army.  He served in occupied Europe.  Upon returning from Europe, he enlisted in the National Guard.  His service included time in occupied Europe, enlistment in the National Guard, and continued service in the 84th Division of the U.S. Army Reserves.  Gordon achieved the rank of Colonel, and was Chief of Staff of the 84th Division.  He then entered civil service, working for the U.S. Army Reserves in Milwaukee.

On May 27, 1950, Gordon married Betty M. Mathweg at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church.  He married Dorothy M. Strizek on December 31, 1980 at Luther Memorial Church.

He was a member of Luther Memorial Church, where he enjoyed being an active member.

Gordon and Dorothy enjoyed winters in Arizona, golfing, playing cards, and spending time with their family.

Gordon is survived by his ex-wife, Betty; two daughters and one son:  Barbara (John) Kaliebe of Watertown, Mary (Roy) Eisfeldt of Watertown, and Mark (Pam) Jacobs of Brussels; six grandchildren:  Corby (Bethany) Stallman, Allison DeWitt, Eric (Abby) Henschler, Heidi (Tim) Buchta, Tyler Eisfeldt (special friend, Cierra Morris), and Sarah (Dave) Bernard; ten great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Adrienne (Jim) Fillmore; two stepsons:  Jack Strizek, and Fred (Becky) Strizek; six step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy, on February 5, 2005; a brother, Kenneth (Audrey) Jacobs; a nephew, Jim Jacobs; and a stepson, Gene Strizek.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Luther Memorial Church, 134 21st Street, Fond du Lac, with Rev. Neal Radichel officiating.   Burial will be in Estabrooks Cemetery where military rites will be conducted.

The visitation will be on Thursday at church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorials may be directed to Luther Memorial Church or the charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Lakeview Estates, Fond du Lac Dialysis, Agnesian Healthcare Palliative Care Services, and St. Agnes Hospice Hope for their compassion and care.

Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family,