Victor Edwin Jacobs

September 17, 2019November 22, 2019

Edwin Victor “VJ” Jacobs, age 90, passed away November 22, at his home in Columbia, MO after a long battle with cancer. Visitation will take place 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home.

Victor was born in Ray County Missouri, son of Victor D & Reta Haley Jacobs. He attended Richmond schools. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1951 a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois. He was awarded an NDEA Fellowship and earned a PhD in economics from Kansas State University. During his undergraduate years, he was President of the YMCA, and a member of several agricultural honors including Omicron Delta Kappa.

Nearly all of his working life was spent in the Federal and State Extensions services. He worked as a County Agent in Nodaway County, Missouri and a Farm Advisor in Sparta, IL. At Kansas State he was leader of the Farm Advisor group for the state extension service. He returned to his home state of Missouri in 1965 to serve as a Farm Management Specialist. His special area of endeavor was the teaching and research of the economics of beef cattle and forage crop production.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Handley Jacobs of the home and 3 children: Carrie McVay (Mitchell) of Council Bluffs, Iowa, William H. Jacobs (Sharon Glynn) of Denver, CO, and Clayton D. Jacobs of Columbia. Victor is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a sister, Dorothy Hillis of Iowa City, IA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Victor and the family owned and operated an Angus cattle farm south of Columbia for 47 years. (The daughter commented to his colleagues one day that he ran a three M Farm; dad’s mind, mother’s mouth and the kid’s muscles.) There were many happy times with his family on the farm. Victor was an accomplished trombonist and played in many dance bands to earn money for his first degree and continued to play until the last few years of his life. He shared both his intellect and talent with others. He will be greatly missed but he can rest in peace knowing that he led a long and productive life.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army, or the Central Missouri Food Bank.


  • Gathering of Friends Monday, December 9, 2019


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Eileen Deckert

December 6, 2019

So many happy memories of Vic. I recall the time he saw my little mini cow and he schooled me about the differences between minis and dwarves...his eyes just danced and I could see how much he loved to share his knowledge of agriculture and livestock. How blessed is Beth, her children and every one of us who knew him! My prayers and love go out to all the Jacobs family. He lives on in each of you! Much love, Eileen and William Deckert and Family