Dr. Lewis L. Jacobson passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the age of 96.

He was born on Nov. 1, 1923, in the small farming community of Somers, Conn., to parents Alexander and Rose Jacobson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Charlotte.

Preceded in death by brothers, Charles, Saul and Morris; and sister, Francis.

He is survived by one brother, David (Barbara).

Dr. Jacobson will best be remembered by the community as a Family Physician, devoted to serving the health needs of the greater Eagle River area for over 50 years.

Dr. Jacobson served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe as a member of the 4th infantry division, 22nd Infantry Regiment. He was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, and two Battle Stars for his service.

After his military service he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences-Chicago Medical School.

He originally came to Eagle River to fill a temporary summer position for longstanding physician, Dr. Russell Oldfield, taking over Oldfield’s practice in 1954.

Dr. Jacobson was instrumental in the fundraising and development of Eagle River Memorial Hospital, where he was the very first physician to admit a patient when it opened its doors in 1961.

He had only compassion for those in need of medical care as he responded to countless emergency calls, attending to hospital patients, nursing home visits, and an abundance of house calls, all the while serving patients at his private practice.

Eventually he would close his private practice and continue part-time practice at the Rhinelander Regional Medical Group in Eagle River.

His first full day of retirement was Nov. 1, 2005, on his 82nd birthday.

Dr. Jacobson is an honored member of the Eagle River/Northland Pines High School (NPHS) Athletic Hall of Fame.

His contributions included providing free WIAA athletic physical examinations for players of all sports.  From 1976 to 1995, he volunteered as team physician for the NPHS hockey team.

Additionally, Jacobson served on the NPHS board and steering committee, was vice president of the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) and attending physician for the World Championship Snowmobile Derby for more than 10 years, a coach for Little League baseball, director of the board of Education for Eagle River Union High School and medical director for many years of the nursing home in Eagle River.

Dr. Jacobson loved the Eagle River community and especially his residence of 62 years, his lovely home on Yellow Birch Lake. It was there, up until the home was sold in 2017, generations of family and friends would gather to create priceless memories with activities that included skating and hockey on his meticulously crafted ice rink, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, tennis, waterskiing, swimming, fishing and an abundance of other cherished activities.

Dr. Jacobson will be missed by his loving wife, Charlotte; six children, Bob Jacobson (Lola – Adam, Alyssa); Mary Hirn (Mike – Raymond and wife, Kim, Randy and wife, Sarah, and great-grandchildren, Emma and Abby; Robert and wife, Alli; Ann Jacobson and son, Alex Kaminski;  Alex Jacobson, Virginia – Alex Jr. Denae, stepdaughter, Emily; Ruth Drazewski (Austin, Charlie, Henry); and Susie Visconti (Michael, Ele, Gabriel, and Andrew).

Also preceding him into eternity was his beloved grandson, Dylan Kaminski (Ann); and son-in-law, Tony Drazewksi (Ruth).

A service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Gaffney-Busha Funeral home. Visitation at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. service to follow.

Memorials to the ERRA or Ascension Eagle River Hospital.