Maj. Gen. Hilding Leonard (aka “Jake”) Jacobson, Jr., age 97, passed away on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2017, after an honorable and illustrious life of service to country and family. Born March 25, 1920, in Omaha, Neb., he was the son of Hilding, Sr. and Lillian Jacobson, also of Omaha.
He is survived by his wife Margery Kane Jacobson, son Grant Buchanan Jacobson, daughter Linda J. Hoover (Gary), stepsons George R. Chester, Daniel J. Kane (Carmen) and Bruce R. Kane, stepdaughter Patricia A. Kane, and grandchildren Erin Hopkins, Lia Meador (Clay), Alena Hopkins, Alison Hoover and Chase Hoover. Hilding was predeceased by daughter Lauren Wahlstrom (Todd), daughter Barbara Gail Jacobson (in birth), wives Bette Mae Klopp Jacobson and M. Jeanne Chester Jacobson, and brother H. Robert Jacobson.
Hilding received a B.A. in English from the Univ. of Neb., an M.A. in International Relations from The George Washington University, and also graduated from the US Naval War College and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
A Major General in the US Air Force, Hilding had flown 89 combat missions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and served in various posts across the country, concluding in Guam as commander of the 3rd Air Division, responsible for all Strategic Air Command operations in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia. Rated a “command pilot” he loved his many years flying; among his many military awards are the Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit. After “retirement” in Wimberley, TX and Lompoc, CA, he passed peacefully at his home in Ventura, CA.
A Memorial Service with military honors will be held at 4900 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003 on January 6th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, P. O Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210, or www.mdanderson.org/gift.