Doug Jacobsen, age 96 of Sac City, IA, formerly of Lake View, IA, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, IA.
Douglas Dean Jacobsen was born on July 3, 1925, to parents John and Emily (Swanson) Jacobsen in Lake View, IA, where he and his siblings were all raised. He attended #5 Country School in Wall Lake before attending high school in Sac City.
Doug was drafted into the United States Army. He served from 1945-1946 and was stationed in the Philippines as well as Hawaii. He was honorably discharged on August 9, 1946. Doug was a life-long member of the American Legion in Lake View and on his 96th birthday he was presented with a Quilt of Valor that he was very proud of.
On June 8, 1949, Doug married the love of his life, Mary Isabelle Vernon at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake, IA. This union was blessed with five daughters: Connie, Peggy, Kathleen, Rose Mary, and Jeanette. Together they raised their family on the Jacobsen Family Farm which was recognized as a Century Farm in 2002.
Doug worked at REA but more than anything, was a farmer through and through. He worked long hard days in order to provide for his family. His girls often worked right alongside him on the farm over the years. They made so many great memories out on that farm together. Each of his girls would tell you that it was very important to him to be able to support them in every way possible. Whether it was buying them the equipment they needed to play school sports, or just caving into their “wants” when they begged for things like a new horse, or new clothes.
Doug was a man of God whose faith ran deep. Doug, Mary, and the girls as well, were always very involved in church and volunteered to help with all of the activities held there. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as an usher for most of his adult life. He and his family made it a point to be in church every Sunday.
He was a patient man. After all, how could he not be living with six women? He really enjoyed fishing and would often take the girls. Yes, all five at one time! Many times he was lucky enough to have the help of one of his dear friends and neighbor. Doug didn’t really get to fish much himself when he took the girls because someone always needed help getting their line untangled or putting bait on the hook. Today, his ‘girls’ are able to recall these memories with laughs and smiles on their faces. Again, so many wonderful memories were made with him throughout their childhood and on into their adulthood. Doug also liked woodworking and gardening when he wasn’t working.
Family…..Doug’s family came first, above all. He and Mary were always very involved with their children, grandchildren, and eventually great-grandchildren. They made it a point to make it to activities they were involved in and were their proudest supporters. The presence of Mom/Dad, Grandma/Grandpa at these events/special moments is what will be the most missed by those left behind. Rest assured, Doug and Mary are together again in the Lord’s house where love is strong and sadness and pain are nonexistent. Doug will be missed dearly by all those that knew and loved him.
Left to cherish his memory include his five daughters: Connie (Reg) Vogel of Polk City, IA, Peggy (Werner) Glur of Bella Vista, AR, Kathleen (Les) Carlson of Omaha, NE, Rose Mary Jacobsen (Pat Drey) of Omaha, NE, and Jeanette (Larry) Weismantel of Ankeny, IA; grandchildren: Regina (Tim) Homan of Independence, IA, Bridget (Andy) Slagter of Branson, MO, Justin (Mandy) Vogel of Polk City, IA, Jason (Shannon) Glur of Rogers, AR, Jenny (Adam) Krein of Rogers, AR, Joleen (Joseph) Sabatini of Rogers, AR, Rachel (Dusty) Rohrbeck of Grimes, IA, Laura (Chris) Lum of Cypress, CA, Eric Weismantel (Jo Otterbein) of Columbus, OH, Whitney (Adam) Ten Napel of Johnston, IA, and Kyle Weismantel of West Des Moines, IA; great-grandchildren: Mackenzie Homan of Iowa City, IA, Nick, Carter, and Zach Homan of Independence, IA, Lincoln and Martin Slagter of Branson, MO, Brooklyn and Tyson Vogel of Polk City, IA, Jakob and Justin Glur of Rogers, AR, MyKala Krein of Rogers, AR, Jaci, Jude, and Jenna Sabatini of Rogers, AR, and Maci, Presley, Blakely, and Kelsey Rohrbeck of Grimes, IA; dear family friend Ladonna Tydlacka of Sac City, IA; sister Kathryn Hawks-Erps of Ankeny, IA; sisters-in-law Mary Jacobsen of Sac City, IA, and Margaret Meidlinger of Council Bluffs, IA; brother-in-law Jim (Mary Threase) Vernon of AZ; many other extended family members and friends.
Doug is preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary Jacobsen; parents John W. and Emily Jacobsen; brother Donald J. Jacobsen; brothers-in-law Harold Hawks, Bill Erps, and Ed (Yoshie) Vernon; sister-in-law Patti Vernon; and parents-in-law Edward and Marie Vernon.