Kenneth John Jacobson

Kenneth John Jacobson

Birth
Barron County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 13 Dec 2006 (aged 89)
Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 98690328 · View Source
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Married Virginia Lyrl Johnson on June 11, 1946 in Abbotsford, WisconsinFollowing a tradition from the old days, 89 tolls rang loudly into the crisp, clear, star-filled, county-side night from the steeple of Dovre Lutheran Church on Dec. 13 to remember Kenneth John Jacobson.

Kenneth was born on May 12, 1917, on the Jacobson homestead in the town of Dovre to parents John and Nettie Jacobson and died Dec. 13, 2006.

Kenneth was a good boy, brother and son. This goon son worked hard in the fields for his family and for himself. At the age of 12, he had saved up more than $120 from harvesting potatoes in the neighborhood. When the stock market crashed in '29, so did his bank account. He lost all but $12. Like any good boy, he spent it all on candy. He earned good marks in country school and later boarded in town during the week to attend Chetek High School, returning to the farm on the weekends to help his older brother Gilford with the chores. Kenneth eventually gave up his dream of going to college and becoming a teacher when Gilford fell ill; he continued to work the family farm until his retirement in 1979.

Kenneth was a good husband and father. On June 11, 1946, he married Virginia Johnson of Abbotsford, and together, they raised Peter, Mary and Connie on the Jacobson homestead. Kenneth never lost his cool, even when one daughter, driving a family vehicle, crashed into him driving another of his vehicles, or when his other daughter scraped up the side of another of his vehicles while driving it into the garage. He loved to travel with his wife and friends, Harlan and Lorene Anderson of Normal, Ill., and Ted and Lilly Sauer of St. Paul, Minn. He liked to boast that he traveled to every state in the union except Alabama.

Kenneth was a good grandfather. Grandpa put on endless miles traveling to auditoriums and theaters to watch his grandchildren in plays, musicals and concerts. He traveled to faraway towns to watch his grandsons play on courts, diamonds and fields. He loved renting cabins in Danbury and Hayward to collect his family for weeklong fishing outings. Kenneth was also a good grandpa because he could always write a good birthday check.

In addition to being a good family man, he was good Lutheran, good farmer, good neighbor, good friend, good citizen and good craftsman. He served on the church council, he sang in the choir, he organized special music, he enjoyed a good sermon, and he was a good dartball player, too. He took his turn on the town board, the school board and the co-op board. He was one of the first farmers in the county during the Great Depression to start growing alfalfa. In his 89 years, he never missed an election. The countless pieces of antique furniture he happily refinished are scattered throughout Wisconsin. Kenneth also relished the fellowship of a good debate, joke or conversation with his friends and neighbors. He always gave the toughest gifts most easily: Time, love, kindness and respect.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his grandparents, Otto and Kari Jacobson; parents, John and Nettie; brother, Gilford; and son, Peter.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Chetek, Wis.; daughters, Mary (Charles) Arntson of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Constance (Wayne) Olson of Chetek, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Noah (Jennifer) Arntson, Zachary (Angie) Arntson, Jenna Arntson, Kjellrun Arntson, Hans (Leslie) Olson, Hilary (Joe) Johnson and Stephanie (Charlie) Schwandt; and two great-grandchildrne, Ella and Anna.

Kenneth's memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. at Dovre Lutheran Church in rural Chetek.

After the last toll rang from the steeple and finished echoing off the hillsides, the good Lord surely must have said, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Burnham-Ours Funeral Home in Chetek is handling arrangements.


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  • Created by: Sue (Carlson) Eide
  • Added: 11 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98690328
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kenneth John Jacobson (12 May 1917–13 Dec 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98690328, citing Dovre Lutheran Cemetery, Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Sue (Carlson) Eide (contributor 47948638) .