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Darrell Jacobs

July 25, 1934-April 18, 2011

Darrell C. Jacobs, 76, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, April 18, 2011 at the VA Medical Center in Fargo.

Darrell Clyde Jacobs was born to Jacob and Clara Kueffler Jacobs on July 25, 1934 in Vanhook, N.D. He grew up and attended school in Stanley, N.D., graduating from Stanley High School in 1952. He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1956, during the Korean Conflict.

Following his discharge from the Army, Darrell attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., for two years. He worked as a diesel mechanic for the next 10 years. He then taught diesel mechanics at North Dakota State School of Science from 1967 to 1972.

On August 29, 1968 he was united in marriage to Roselyn Melhus. In 1972 they moved to Staples, Minn., where Darrell taught at the Staples Vocational and Technical School until 1980. During that time he attended Bemidji State University, where he earned a B.S. degree in education.

In 1980 they moved to Indonesia, where Darrell worked in the oil fields and later in the copper industry. In 1997 he retired and moved to Detroit Lakes.

Among many interests, Darrell enjoyed aviation. He was a pilot and a flight instructor who owned and operated a flight school, J & S Aviation. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, as well as a master clocksmith. He also enjoyed camping and story telling.

Darrell was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Lions and Toastmasters.

Surviving Darrell are his wife Roselyn; two sons, Dan (Danell) Melhus of Duncanville, Texas, and Keith (Kellie) Jacobs of Spanaway, Wash.; two daughters, Cindy Melhus of Detroit Lakes and Laurie (Brian) Johnson of Ham Lake, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Al (Ollie) Jacobs of Three Forks, Mont., and Mike (Suzette) Jacobs of Grand Forks, N.D.; two sisters, Eileen (Neil) Kelstrom of Turtle Lake, N.D., and Pat Fern of Stanley, N.D.; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Darrell in death were his parents; one daughter, Wanda Jo Jacobs; and one granddaughter, Dana Melhus.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 21 at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

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