Charlie Jacobs obituary
Posted: 09/11/2019 - by Charlie Narmi
The St. Albert community is saddened by the passing of Charlie Jacobs who passed this week after a brief illness. Charlie was very well known in Council Bluffs and he was a loving St. Albert Grandpa. Please say a special prayer for Charlie's family this week and please now pray for the repose of Charlie's soul...
Eternal rest grant unto Charlie O Lord: And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May Charlie rest in peace. Amen
May Charlie's soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed through the mercy of God our Father rest in peace. Amen
Charles "Charlie" Jacobs
Charles "Charlie" Jacobs, age 79, of Council Bluffs, previous local restaurant bar owner and drag racing pioneer of the '60s and early '70s drag racing circuits in Omaha, Neb., Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Canada, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Preceded in death by his parents, Clement and Goldie Jacobs; sisters, Helen Olson and Elizabeth Nickell; brothers, Dale and Hubert.
Survived by his wife, Evelyn; beloved Schnauzer Buddy; 2 children, Cal (Theresa) Jacobs and Lynn (Brian) Higginbotham; his 3 grandchildren, Kate (Adam) Sherwin, Alison Schlotfeld, and Macy Higginbotham; 2 great-grandchildren, Claire Sherwin and Carter Schlotfeld; brothers, Lyle and Marvin Jacobs; and many nieces and nephews.
All who knew Charlie, knew what a fighter he was. Charlie was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in October 2018. In August 2019, Charlie's cancer metastasized to stage 4 in the lining of his lung.
Charlie was born on December 19, 1939, in Corning, Iowa. He attended Corning High School where he was a star athlete in football and a state runner-up in wrestling. Charlie married Evelyn Kingery on July 20, 1957. He was employed with Stauffer Chemical as the plant manager in Omaha for 20 years; he was the service manager at MAC's Chevrolet in Crete, Neb., before he and Evelyn opened and dedicated themselves to Jacobs Restaurant & Lounge in Council Bluffs from 1978 to 1995 along with the help of one of his best friends Lloyd Arnold.
Jacobs Lounge was one of the first establishments in Council Bluffs to have a large screen TV, which Charlie and his family of customers loved to view his favorite sport of drag racing along with cheering on his favorite teams, Iowa State Cyclones, Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Green Bay Packers.
While in his 20s and early 30s, his favorite hobby was drag racing on the weekends and working as a mechanic at night from his immaculately kept garage at his home so that he could afford to purchase the car parts for his drag cars. Charlie had a 20-year National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing career that ended with his retirement in 1977. Charlie's best season was in 1969 when he drove his 1969 Chevrolet COPO (central office production order) ZL-1 Aluminum 427' engine Super Stock Camaro to the NHRA Division Championship. Charlie's good friends and co-owners Al and Jim McNamara of MAC'S Chevrolet and Rich Mlnarik were tremendous supporters of his racing career. Charlie was also the proud winner of the Manufacturer's Cup for Chevrolet in 1969.
Evelyn, Cal (Son), and Lynn (Daughter).
Please join us in celebrating Charlie's life on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 10 a.m., at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home, 545 Willow Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. Interment will be in Garner Township Cemetery. A luncheon reception and visitation with family following the funeral service, at the Dodge Riverside Golf Club, 2 Harrah's Blvd.