Charles “Chuck” Jacobsen, 94, West Liberty
Obituaries · January 04, 2018

Charles “Chuck” Jacobsen, 94, of West Liberty went to met his Lord Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. He was a resident of the Wilton Retirement Community.

Family services will be held at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Charles was born March 30, 1923, at his home in Downey, the son of Peter and Anine Miller Jacobsen. He was the oldest child, soon to be followed by a sister, Margaret, and a brother, Donald. He attended West Liberty Schools and enjoyed his school days. He loved to rollerskate after school with his classmates. He excelled in math, which would be his pride and joy as an adult. He graduated in 1941.

His first job was at Wilson’s meat packing plant in Cedar Rapids. He worked days and spent the week in Cedar Rapids with a roommate, then would head home on the weekends in his Model T. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Edwards in West Branch and together they had two sons, Wayne Charles Jacobsen and Lynn John Jacobsen.

Chuck raised hogs and had a large herd of cattle, he was often employed by other farmers to do custom hay bailing. Following his divorce from Dorothy in 1968, his farm and equipment were sold and he moved to town. He became parts manager at the John Deere store in West Liberty with some weeks working seven days during the busy season. He would be called by phone or doorbell for needed parts during the harvest. He made many new friends and saw many old friends. He later helped Jan McCrabb at her flower shop with deliveries and most recently at the West Liberty State Bank taking care of plants, trees and hedges. He enjoyed being outside during the nice weather and when chilly he would be found working inside.

In 1976, he was united in marriage to Judith Mitten Buchanan in Iowa City at the Danforth Chapel and his role of being a stepfather had many duties. He loved his home, and working on and around it.

He enjoyed rollerskating and bowling in his younger years.

Survivors include his wife Judith of West Liberty; two sons: Wayne (Connie) Jacobsen of Eau Claire, Wis., and Lynn (Vicky) Jacobsen of New London, Iowa; stepchildren: Russell Scott (Melinda) Buchanan of Charlotte Harbor, Florida, Jay Douglas (Lori) Buchanan of Omaha, Neb., Philip John (Sharon) Buchanan of Naperville, Ill., Gregory George (Trinna) Buchanan of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren: Victoria, Wendy Sue, Andrew, Mescha, Ginny, Paige and Grant; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and brother.

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