Edward “Alan” Jacobsen, 65, of Denton, was born in Carthage, Missouri on November 1, 1953 to Walt and Bonnie (Hodge) Jacobsen and passed away on May 4, 2019.
One of seven siblings, Alan grew up on a dairy farm near McCool Junction before his family moved to Unadilla and then Lincoln. At a time when bi-racial families were rare, his parents adopted his three sisters across racial lines. His love for his sisters served as the catalyst for his life-long passion and advocacy of working for racial equality and justice. At the time of his death, Alan was part of a team working to build a trauma/treatment center near Pine Ridge for children affected by alcohol and drugs.
While attending UNL, Alan completed an extensive research project on the Omaha race riot of 1919. Another highlight was serving as an intern for the National Conference of Soviet Jewry in Washington, D.C. which afforded him the opportunity of living in Israel for six months. After graduating from UNL, Alan served as a Protestant Chaplain at Boys Town, case manager for the Department of Corrections, and private investigator before marrying Lori in 1982. The following year, the couple started A-J Roofing and Waterproofing. Alan’s greatest joy and pride was his family and the family business allowed him to work closely with his wife Lori and their three sons. Alan not only role modeled integrity, honesty and professionalism in all he did, he also directly and indirectly impacted many people’s lives. Alan’s faith was woven through all that he did. His daily life reflected his love of God, family and others. He was a great mentor and father figure for the many individuals he worked with.
Alan served for three years in the Naval Seabee Reserve. He was often involved in impacting legislation, and served on many community boards, and civic and business organizations. He was a past chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Party, ESU#6 Board Member, Nebraska Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau, and Downtown Rotary Club member. He was currently serving on the West O Association Board and was a member of LIBA. He served on the building committee for Lincoln Lutheran High School and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete, and Christ Temple Mission Church restoration. He also served as the congregation’s pastor for ten years. For those he leaves behind, Alan is remembered as a man who lived out his Christian faith.
Alan and Lori spent their entire married life in Lancaster county, first in Lincoln and later on their acreage, Bison Estate. Their home was always busy and full of activities for their many grandchildren, family, friends and civic organizations.
Alan is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lori (Sinsel) Jacobsen, sons: Justin (Natalie), Mike (Aubree), and Brad all of Lincoln, 12 grandchildren: Journee, Justyce, Bria, Alexandria, Aria, Gabriel, Dylan, Aaron, Bryleigh, Faith, Johnathan, and Matthew, brothers: Steve (Candy) of Lincoln, Mike (Dee) of Rose Hill, Kansas, Mark (Judy) of Pleasant Dale, sisters Barb Kim Johnson of Renton, Washington, Melinda (Joe) Hudson, of Lincoln, and Peggy Peak of Columbia, South Carolina, mother-in-law Loretta Sinsel of Denton, three brothers-in law, two sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Alan is preceded in death by his parents Walt and Bonnie, grandson Isaac Rivera, father-in law Carl Sinsel, nephew and niece Brett and Crystina Sinsel, nephew Josh Jacobsen, and brother-in-law Larry Johnson.
A celebration of Alan’s life will be 11 am Saturday (5/11) at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (8550 Pioneers Blvd). Pastor John Harris will officiate. Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery. A meal will be served at the church following graveside services. Visitation will be Friday (5/10) at Metcalf Funeral Home (245 North 27th Street) from 2-7 pm. The family will be there from 5-7. Memorials may be given to the family for future designation.