Willard "Red" Arlen Jacobson, 79, of Lanesboro, died Feb. 19, 2016, surrounded by family at his home.
He was born May 31, 1936, in Rushford to Oscar and Mabel (Brekke) Jacobson.
He attended schools in Lanesboro, graduating from Lanesboro High School in 1954.
He honorably served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1957, stationed at Fort Tilden in New York City.
He then attended Winona State University and North Dakota’s Mayville State University.
On July 1, 1961, he married Lynne Lamblez at St. John's Catholic Church in Georgetown, Minn.
He was active in many organizations. He was on the board of directors for the Lanesboro Golf Course, a past director of Minnesota Golf Association, presented with the Dr. John B. Rutledge Memorial Award in 2003 from the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament, inducted into the Mayville State University Hall of Fame as part of the 1959 baseball team and a member of the Elks Club. He was an avid golfer and bowler. In 1968, he created the Famous Willard's Waltz.
He is survived by his wife, Lynne; son, Dean (Deb) of Burnsville; son-in-law, Steve Luedke of Prior Lake, Minn.; brother, Lyle (Peggy) of Winona and seven grandchildren, Samantha, Ashley, Lyndsey, Sarah, Ryan Jacobson, Brigitte and William Luedke.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn Luedke; brothers, Orville, Milton and Donald and sisters, Violet Mae, Marjorie Jacobson and Maxine Haugen.
A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lanesboro with the Rev. William Thompson officiating. A committal service with military honors took place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston on Monday, Feb. 29.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro assisted the family with arrangements.
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