Duane E. (Jake) Jacobson, 84, of Belvidere, Illinois, formerly of Decorah, Iowa, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center in Rockford IL.
A walk through visitation will be held at the Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services in Belvidere from 3 to 5 pm Thursday Feb 11, 2021.
A second walk through visitation will be held from 4 to 6 pm Friday Feb 12 at the Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, IA.
Funeral services are 11 am Saturday Feb 13 at Big Canoe Lutheran church, rural Decorah with pastor Leonard Liptack officiating. A visitation prior to service will start at 10 am. Burial will follow the service in Big Canoe Cemetery.
Duane was born Sept. 28, 1936 in Decorah IA, the son of Emmet and Myrtle (Sorenson) Jacobson. Duane grew up on the family farm north of Decorah near Sattre. He was baptized and confirmed at Big Canoe Lutheran Church and graduated from Decorah High School in 1955.
He was united in marriage with Wanda Lou Erickson November 21, 1956 at Scheie Lutheran Church, rural Mabel MN. They farmed on the Jacobson family farm until 1969 when they moved to Belvidere, IL where Duane was employed by the Chrysler Corporation. Duane was critically injured at work in 1976. He returned to work approximately a year later and retired in 1999. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and visiting with friends and family. His whole life he was a good man, husband, father, friend, worker, supporting his family and helping many along the way.
Duane is survived by his children: Wes (Lori) Jacobson of Dunlap, IL, Darla Jacobson of Rockford, IL and Eric (Cathy) Jacobson of Brookfield, WI; five grandchildren: Laura (Matt) Thurlby, Ashley (John) Montoya, Claire Jacobson, Emily Jacobson, and Kevin Jacobson; and four great grandchildren, Isabelle, Gabriel, Alexander, and Hailey. He is also survived by his brothers Lyle (Babe) of Baldwin WI, Rodney of Toddville IA, Lemoyne (Elaine) of El Cajon CA, and sister Marlys Larson of Marion IA.
He was preceded in death by his wife Wanda, his parents Emmet and Myrtle, stepfather Tom Philips, Brother-in-law David Larson, and sister-in-law Mary Jacobson.
Jake was well cared for during his final years at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. The family has asked memorial donations in his memory be gifted to Fairhaven or Big Canoe Church.