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Obituary: E. Robert Jacobs, Columbus

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E. Robert Jacobs, 83, of Columbus, Indiana, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014, surrounded by loved ones.

Dr. Jacobs was born on March 19, 1931, in Galena, Kansas, to Mary and Eassa Jacobs.

Dr. Jacobs graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1956. He completed his internship for family medicine in 1957. His general surgery residency at Marion County General Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1969 was followed immediately by a fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, England. He also graduated from the Indianapolis University School of Law in 1970. Dr. Jacobs practiced family medicine in Hope, Indiana, with Dr. Joe Dudding in 1957. He was on staff at Columbus Regional Hospital from 1957-2006. He moved to Columbus in 1960 and opened the Jacobs, Able Family Practice in Columbus. After completing his surgical training in 1969, Dr. Jacobs practiced general surgery until his retirement in 2006.

Survivors include daughters, Anita J. (Tom) Veldman of South Bend, Indiana and Jean J. (Gary) Roberson of Edwardsburg, Michigan; a son, Robert A. (Holly) Jacobs of Richmond Hill, Georgia; grandchildren, Peter (Sara) Veldman, Carly (Wade) Veldman Parks, Julie Veldman, Rose Veldman, Kelley Roberson, Kristen Roberson, Jeffrey Roberson, James Roberson, Robert Jacobs, and Jena Jacobs; great-grandchildren, Lucy Jean Roberson and Avery Louise Veldman; brother Paul (Nellie) Jacobs, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and close friend, administrative assistant, and caregiver, Ruth White.

Dr. Jacobs was preceded in death by his former spouse of 37 years, Carol (Gilbert) Jacobs; parents, Mary and Eassa Jacobs; son, Paul Jacobs; daughter, Theresa Jacobs; and sister, Theresa Jacobs.

Family and friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street. There will be a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday September 27, 2014, in South Bend, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Wounded Warriors Project, (P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675), Doctors Without Borders, (333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-5004 ),and the Pregnancy Care Center of Columbus, Indiana,( 2420 7th St, Columbus, IN 47201).

Online condolences may be sent to Dr. Jacobs family at

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