Sgt. Jacob A. Hutchinson, 24, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died April 22, 2014, in Bloomington, Ind. A memorial service, with military honors, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at First Lutheran Church, officiated by the Rev. Steven Knudson. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Cedar Me-morial Park Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
Jacob was born March 7, 1990, in Ames, Iowa. He received his Associate of Arts degree. He served honorably as a combat medic in the Iowa National Guard. He suffered an IED injury while deployed in Afghanistan. He was awarded a Purple Heart medal and a Combat Medic medal for his service caring for his fellow soldiers who were also injured. He spent 19 months at the Center for the Intrepid in Texas, where he underwent over 20 surgeries. He was a good soldier and took great pride in serving his country.
Jacob enjoyed socializing and was often the life of the party. He never met a stranger, and counted many as his close friends. He enjoyed going to the shooting range, loved working out and training his dogs.
He is survived by his mother, Sela Gonlubol of Cedar Rapids; sister, Maya Gonlubol of Cedar Rapids; maternal grandmother, Charlotte Kirkegaard of Osage; aunt, Sarah (Mark) Campbell of Osage; uncle, Scot (Kenny) Kirkegaard of Dallas; aunt, Ayse Gonlubol (Greg Guthrie) of Beaverton, Ore.; uncle, Ali (Lale) Gonlubol of Florida; cousins, Christian, Simon, Chloe, Kemal and Leyla; ex-wife and friend, Alexandria Young of Cedar Rapids; his beloved dogs, Brownie and Nito; as well as girlfriend, Dr. Alanna Blake of Bloomington, Ind.
Jacob was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ahmet Gonlubol; maternal grandfather, the Rev. Anton Kirkegaard; and paternal grandmother, Munire Gonlubol.
Memorial donations in Jacob's name may be made to the Center for the Intrepid, 3851 Roger Brooke Dr., San Antonio, TX 78234.
Online condolences may be submitted at www. cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.
His family will miss him.
Posted on Thursday, 24 April 2014