Theodore Jacobsen Sr., of Pearson, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at his home under the care of his family and LeRoyer Hospice. He was 71 years old. He was born on December 15, 1945 in Antigo, a son of the late Henry and Serma (Pauwels) Jacobsen. He married Bonnie Bauknecht on April 9, 1969 in Green Bay.
He was a graduated from Elcho High School, class of 1964.
Mr. Jacobsen was a United States Army Veteran having served in Vietnam from January 29, 1968 until January 28, 1971, receiving a purple heart. He later served in the National Guard having been called to active duty in February of 1997 due to the start of the Gulf War. He concluded his service with the National Guard in 2003.
He was employed as a maintenance supervisor at Twist Drill in Rhinelander for 10 years. He owned Ted Jacobsen and Son Carpentry and ran Northern Hideaway RV Park and Campground. He was also a Taxidermist for over 40 years.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Pickerel, having served many years as a church elder, taught Sunday School and lead youth group activities. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
He served as a supervisor for the Town of Ainsworth. He was an EMT for the Pickerel Fire and Rescue and taught EMT and CPR classes at Northcentral Technical College.
He was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He also obtained his private pilot license and enjoyed flying in the area.
In addition to his wife survivors include a son, Ted (Kristie) Jacobsen Jr. of Pearson; a daughter, Kelly (Robert Jr.) Stimac of Antigo; a son-in-law, Geno Schisel of Burlington, IA; nine grandchildren, Bobby (Melissa) Stimac of Elcho, Sammy Stimac of Antigo, Brandon Gross of Chicago, Caden Schisel of Burlington, IA, Kayla Jacobsen of Elcho, Jordan Hackbarth of Merrill, Kyle Jacobsen, Brennan Livermore and Bryce Burkhart all of Pearson; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, John (Renee) Jacobsen of Plover and Earl (Joyce) Jacobsen of California; a brother-in-law, Darrel (Nancy) Bauknecht of Crandon.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kim Schisel; a grandson, Ryan Gross; and a sister, Jeanette Gruchalski.
A funeral service will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Pickerel with Rev. Donald Engebretson and Rev. Donald Sprengler officiating. Burial will take place in Pearson Cemetery where Elcho veterans will conduct military honors. Visitation will be Sunday at the Bradley Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.