Carl A. Jacobsen

            Carl A. Jacobsen, 79, of Aurora, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital in Aurora.

            He was born of Finnish ancestry and reared in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Carl left the “U.P.” and came to Illinois to find employment. There, he met his wife, Sue, and they enjoyed an exceptional 55 years of marriage.  

            Carl served his country during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 and returned home to work for the U.S. Postal Service, where he was a mail carrier for 30 years. In his retirement, he joined Sue and a host of friends as they traveled the Lincoln Highway and promoted its history. Carl was currently the Illinois state treasurer of the Lincoln Highway Association.

            His passion for ski jumping resulted in Carl being a U.S. and International ski official, and he judged many U.S. tournaments and international competitions. He also worked with the youth of Aurora, coaching baseball for 25 years.

            In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Jake (Susan) Jacobsen and their children, Sara, Samantha and Ben; one brother, Paul, and his wife; a niece and two nephews.  

            He now joins his parents, two uncles and an infant daughter and infant sister, who preceded him in death.

            As per Carl’s request, there will be no funeral services. His body will be returned to his native U.P. home, and in the spring, private family committal services will be held at Nisula Cemetery, Nisula, Mich.

            A memorial has been established in Carl’s name to benefit the Lincoln Highway Association and other favorite charities. Memorials in his name may be made to the Carl Jacobson Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Cards and memories may be forwarded to the family through the same address or e-mailed through his obituary at www.conleycare.com. For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414.