Donald Thomas Jacobson, 82, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 9, 2002

The graveside service for Donald Thomas Jacobson of the Good Samaritan Center will be 1 p.m. Friday at Graceland Cemetery, Albert Lea. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded. Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting with the arrangements.

Donald died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Center, Albert Lea. He was 82 years old.

Donald was born Feb. 7, 1920, in Albert Lea, the son of Henry A. and Ellen N. (Mork) Jacobson.

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He was baptized Sept. 14, 1921, in Freeborn,

and was confirmed in May 1934 at First Lutheran Church, Albert Lea, with Rev. Sigurd Sorenson officiating. After graduating from Albert Lea High School, Don was employed at Moulton Food Stores until he enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941. That same year he was also united in marriage with Helen Lunschen.

He served four years in the Air Force as flight officer, with 2 1/2 years of that time spent in Australia, New Guinea, Philippine and Japanese Islands, receiving an honorable discharge and attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.

In 1946 Mr. Jacobson was employed at Interstate Power Co. until he owned Jacobson’s Grocery.

In 1955 he became Purchases and Sales Manager of Automotive Accessory Products at Universal Cooperatives and after 27 years of service retired in 1982.

Don was a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Elks and Masonic Lodge. He was devoted to his country and spent many hours as chairman of the committee to erect the Veteran Memorial Monument in Graceland Cemetery which is now available for everyone to view.

Donald was preceded in death by two sons: Thomas Donald and David Thomas; his parents: Henry A and Ellen N.; and two brothers: Kenneth and Robert.

He is survived by his daughter, Bette Jean and husband Dan Knecht of Ionia, Iowa; two granddaughters: Cher Nichole and her husband Scott Anderson of Mason City, Iowa, and Brandi Faith Nehls of Mason City Iowa; five great-grandchildren: Tyler, Parker, Brooke, Maranda and Jordan; and one niece and three nephews and their families.

Don will be sadly missed by his family and friends. (A quiet man with much spoken through his heart).

Memorials are preferred to the American Legion Fund Drive.