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Merle Edwin Jacobson

Fri, Jan 26th, 2001
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Merle Edwin Jacobson, 82, of Rochester, formerly of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester of natural causes.

Merle Jacobson was born on October 2, 1918 in Clear Lake, IA, the son of Albert C. and Jessie Joy (Baker)Jjacobson. In the 1930s the family moved to the Spring Valley area. He attended country school near Spring Valley. After school, Merle was drafted into the U.S. Army serving with the 133rd Infantry, 34th Division. He served in the African and Italian Theater. After his discharge he returned to the Spring Valley area.

On October 27, 1946, he was united in marriage to Paula Anne Larson in Spring Valley at the Methodist Church. After their marriage, the couple resided in rural Spring Valley. Merle worked at the Racine Elevator; he then owned and operated a milk can and bulk service and farmed for several years. In 1969 he founded Jacobson Plumbing & Heating and also founded the Five Js Campground, all of Spring Valley, until his retirement in 1994. In 1994 the couple moved to Rochester.

Merle was past president of the 34th Army Division and a former member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife Paula, three sons and daughters-in-law, Jeremy B. (Susan) of Kasson, Jeffery J. (Sally) of Wabasha and Jamie E. (Denise) of Burnsville; seven grandchildren and two sisters-in-law, Burdene and Maxine Jacobson.

He was preceded in death by two brothers Paul and Addison. Funeral services for Merle Edwin Jacobson were held on Saturday, January 27, 2001 at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Burial with full military rite was at the Spring Valley cemetery.

Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.

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