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Henry 'Jack' Jacobi

Sterling resident Henry "Jack" Jacobi died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at Edmand's Elder Care in Kasilof following a long illness. He was 83.

No services will be held per his request. His ashes will be scattered at his favorite fishing spot along the Kenai River.

Mr. Jacobi was born April 5, 1917, in Caldwell, N.J. A native of Farmingdale, N.Y., he graduated from Farmingdale High School in 1935. He furthered his education by attending Cornell University. During the early years of World War II, he served with the top-secret "Project 19" in East Africa, which repaired and rebuilt many types of Allied military aircraft. In the latter part of the war, Mr. Jacobi served in the U.S. Merchant Marine on tankers in the North Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.

After the war, he returned to Farmingdale, where he owned and operated a nursery and greenhouse business for many years. Shortly thereafter, he became a power engineer and was active in the National Association of Power Engineers. Mr. Jacobi became certified as a chief engineer, an examining engineer and a technical instructor. He continued to work in that field on Long Island, N.Y., until his retirement in 1979, when he moved to Maine.

Though retired, he remained active with NAPE, retaining his engineering certifications. In 1985 and 1986, he and his wife, Sally, toured Alaska. They moved to the Kenai Peninsula permanently in 1987.

"His years in Alaska were the happiest of his life," his family said.

He loved salmon fishing, his home machine shop and the numerous organizations to which he belonged. He also took a number of courses at Kenai Peninsula College.

Mr. Jacobi is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 54 years, Sally Jacobi, who died in January 2000.

He is survived by his son, Paul Jacobi, of Monroe, Maine; sisters Elizabeth Webb and Louise Heintzelman, both of Stuart, Fla.; and two nephews and a niece.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Central Peninsula, 35477 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 214, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Source: Peninsula Clarion, November 28, 2000



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