Melvin M. Jacobsen, 89, Scottsbluff

Melvin M. Jacobsen, 89, long-time resident of Scottsbluff, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with Pastor Ed Hunzeker officiating. The Nebraska Army National Guard will provide military funeral honors. In keeping with Melvin's wishes cremation was held and inurnment will take place at a later date at the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska. Memorials may be made to the Panhandle Humane Society, the Salvation Army Western Division Omaha, the VFW Local Chapter Gering or to the DAV National Office. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Melvin was born February 2, 1924 in Boelus, Nebraska to Frank and Gladys (Johnson) Jacobsen. He attended Ogallala Public Schools where he graduated. Melvin served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 in the South Pacific during World War II. He married Jean Adelle Hollingsworth on September 17, 1946 in Ogallala, Nebraska.

Melvin and Jean moved to Scottsbluff in 1959 where they owned and operated the Lamplighter Motel until their retirement in 1988. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and trap shooting. Melvin was also an antique car buff. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Scottsbluff, BPOE-Elks, American Legion and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his brothers, Eudell (Dianne) Jacobsen of Washington, MI and Lowell (Karen) Jacobsen of Scottsbluff; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Melvin in death were his parents; wife, Jean, in 2009; twin brother, Marvin Jacobsen; and nephew, Kevin Jacobsen.

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