Marshall A. Jacobsen, 96, passed away in his sleep at Fountain Inn, SC on July 29, 2021. Marshall was born in Chicago, IL on October 4, 1924, to Edwin and Edith (Seglem) Jacobsen. Marshall was raised near Hanna Indiana on a farm where he formed his love of the outdoors and nature. As a youth his sister, Jeanette and he loved singing and performed as “The Tumbleweeds”. After graduation he served in the Navy during WWII on the U.S.S. Randolph. After the war Marshall married the love of his life Ruth Jordan. He went on to study 3 years at Mayo Clinic and then became an X-Ray technician at the South Bend Clinic. Marshall was an avid fly fisher, fly tyer and mentor to others who wanted to learn fly fishing. Marshall ran the Elkhart Conservation Club’s brown trout hatchery for many years.
Marshall had 3 nieces and 4 nephews along with great and great great nieces and nephews. He spent his final years in South Carolina and grew close to his nephew, Dennis Strader (wife: Deborah), great nephews Matthew Strader, David Strader (wife: Heather), great great nieces Sylvia Strader, Stella Strader, great great nephew Titus Strader who loved spending time with Uncle Marshall.
Marshall was preceded in death by Ruth, his wife of 68 years, his parents, and his sister
Family is grateful and thanks the Hospice of the Upstate in South Carolina for their dedicated care in the final months of Marshall’s life.
Private services will be held for Marshall at New Oak Hill Cemetery in Plymouth, Indiana on Friday, August 6, 2021. . In lieu of flowers make someone’s day brighter or memorial contributions can be made to either Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road Anderson, SC 29621 or Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545 in remembrance of Marshall Jacobsen.
Bruce Schwind says
Many years ago Marshall was a kind mentor to myself, my brother and friends in the Saint Joseph Valley Flyfishers.
He taught so many the arts he loved with patience and humor. He was a tireless protector of nature and a conservationist ahead of his time.
Autumns would find Marshall in the Saint Joseph River casting to trout and salmon in the gravel beds at Leeper Park in South Bend.
What a wonderful feeling to meet Marshall there to “shoot-the-shit” and battle the large fish while wading in the currents of that beautiful place. Marshall always took the time to offer advice, where & what to cast, etc, even when the fishing was frenetic, he was so friendly to all.
Many afternoons and evenings in late October, early November Marshall might be one of the few or the only other fisherman there nearing or after sunset, he loved it so. I cherish those times on the leafy riverbank perusing the dancing waters for opportunities, his rich pipe tobacco smoke wafting through the crisp air and looking for that last cast of the day.
It does not seem that long since I saw Marshall there, 3-4-5 years ago? But for decades I saw Marshall there, several times a year. And for the first time I saw him each year it was as if time stood still and nothing had ever changed, for Marshall always had that smile with a funny comment ready for a friend and that tireless youthful grace- he never seemed to age, not a single bit.
Marshall was a marvel and a treasure, I will miss my friend.
God bless Marshalls family.
Pamela A. Krawiec says
I worked at The South Bend Clinic from 1970-1977 as secretary to the administrator, Eugene Ladewski. This was right out of high school. I saw the name of Marshall Jacobsen and remembered him as an Xray Technician during my time there. I read the article to be sure my memory was correct. I remember Marshall as a very kind, smiling man after all these 44 years ago. So sorry for your loss, but from the obituary I can sense the love that Marshall shared with all of you. I smile thinking of him!