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Gerald Jacobsen

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March 9, 1932-July 12, 2010

Former Detroit Lakes resident Gerald Jacobsen, 78, of Willmar, died unexpectedly Monday evening, July 12, 2010, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

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A mass of Christian burial took place Saturday, July 17 at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar, with burial in the church cemetery. Military Honors were provided by Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post 167 of Willmar.

Gerald Gene Jacobsen, also known as "Jerry" or "Jake," was born to Gordon and Lenore (Franklin) Jacobsen on March 9, 1932, in Chicago, Ill. As a young child, he moved to Detroit Lakes, where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1951. He worked for Chapman Oil Company in Detroit Lakes before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, from 1953 to 1954.

On September 7, 1957, Jerry married Karyn "Kaye" Rognrud in Detroit Lakes, and they made their home in Willmar. He worked as a service representative for Mobil Oil in Willmar. From 1961 to 1981, he owned and operated Jacobsen Pump and Tank Service.

Jerry then worked as head of shipping and receiving for West Central Steel until his retirement on October 8, 2008.

Jerry was a member of the Church of St. Mary, where he was a Scout Master for Boy Scout Pack 227 and sang in the church choir. He was also a former member of the Willmar Jaycees. He loved spending time with his family and his dogs, and especially hunting at the cabin with the boys. He enjoyed music and dancing, playing Scrabble and cards. Jerry was also an expert woodworker and loved to share his craft with others.

Surviving Jerry are his wife, Kaye; five sons, Timothy Jacobsen of Roseville, Richard (Sheila) Jacobsen of Rogers, Jon (Janet) Jacobsen of Willmar, Michael (Kristin) Jacobsen of New London and Patrick (Brenda) Jacobsen of New London; and nine grandchildren, Brian, Shaun, Megan, Mandy, Tommy, Zachary, Ali, Ben and Jessica Jacobsen. Also surviving are his "Turkish daughter," Sade Johannes of Willmar; his "German granddaughter," Miriam Junggeburth of Cologne, Germany; sister-in-law Ginny Jacobsen of Melbourne, Fla.; and nieces Jilly Keenon of Denver, Colo., and Joy (Eric) Bartlett of Jacksonville, Fla.; besides many other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Thomas, of Melbourne, Fla., who passed away in January of this year.

Arrangements were entrusted to Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.

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