Rev. Jordan Theodore Jacobsen
Rev. Jordan T. Jacobsen
Rev. Jordan Theodore Jacobsen

July 27, 1921 - May 10, 2018
Born in Chicago, IL
Resided in Ankeny, Iowa
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Rev. Jordan T. Jacobsen passed away Thursday, May 10th, 2018 at home. Visitation will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Iles Westover Chapel and a Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Iles-Westover Chapel.

Jordan, son of Hjalmar T. and Nellie B. (Staaleson) Jacobsen was born July 27,1921 in Chicago, IL. Jordan was a WWII Navy Veteran who served as a Medical Corpsman in the South Seas. Upon his discharge he returned home and married the love of his life, Thelma Ester Call. Thelma had graduated from Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis and was employed by Engineers Northwest in the College Aptitude test scoring department until they were married in Viroqua, WI in 1948. They lived in Northfield, MN, where Jordan graduated from St. Olaf College. They moved to Minneapolis for his post graduate degree from Luther Seminary.

They served Congregations in Arkdale (Big Flats) Wisconsin, Norway (Conroy), Eagle Grove (Holmes), Ottumwa (Hedrick), and Ames, Iowa They retired in 1984 and moved to Ottumwa, and in 1996 moved to Des Moines.

Jordan is survived by daughters Ruth Millerbernd and Cheryl Dalton; grandchildren Renee (Steve) Payne and Richard (Carrie) Jacobsen; great-grandchildren Alex, Christian, Hailey and Nolan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma; sons, Mark and Stephen Jacobsen; his brothers, Harry and Alvin; his parents and son in law Glen Dalton.

Jordan's family expresses their deepest gratitude to family and friends, the Zion Lutheran Church family and Care Initiatives Hospice for all the kindness shown. Your expression of love and caring will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church DSM. Online condolences will be welcomed at


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Saturday, May 19, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Funeral Service
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:00 PM


Zion Lutheran Church
4300 Beaver
Des Moines, IA 50310