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April 15, 2014

Norman Bernhardt Jacobsen

The Daily Star

---- — Norman Bernhardt Jacobsen

MORRIS — Norman “got out of town” permanently at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. He was 90 years old.

Norm was born in Durham, Conn., and moved with his parents, Bernhardt A. Jacobsen and Ruth (Gregory) Jacobsen to a farm in Morris. He worked on the farm with his dad and brothers and sisters until he entered the United States Army Air Corps in 1942.

He served in the U. S. Air Corps, which later became the U.S. Air Force, for 20 years retiring with an honorable discharge. When World War II started Norm left high school to volunteer and was assigned to the 8th Air Force, B-24 Liberation Bombardment Group as a Reconnaissance photographer where his group received seven battle stars. He also served with the 9th Air Force and 314 ALR Division during the Korean War. While in Europe he served three years behind the iron curtain with an Air Force Intelligence unit. Prior to his retirement he also served as a senior recruiter in Syracuse.

Norm had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. Many that knew Norm may remember some of his more infamous sayings such as, “Get ‘outta town” and, “How are you set” and, “I left my checkbook at the pad” to mention a few.

Norm loved golfing, and had multiple holes-in-one at Cee Jay Golf Course. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He played the harmonica at a few family gatherings and really enjoyed entertaining people.

Norm was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Clair and sister, Sandra.

He is survived by two sisters, Alma Pickens and Marion Dodge and a brother, Carl; his children, Karen of New Lisbon, Jesse of Jensen Beach, Fla., Brian, of Oldsmar, Fla., Norman Jr., of Oneonta; 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

It was Norm’s wish there be no calling hours. There will be a graveside service in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, with military honors. A celebration of Norm’s life will follow at the Morris VFW Post.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.