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Neil Ed Jacobsen, age 76, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. Rev. Dan Ofstehage will officiate. The service will be Live-Streamed on our website and Facebook Live. Face masks are required.
Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday, prior to the service, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Neil’s grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be: Duane Broek, Randy Brownlee, Roy Brownlee, Shorty Kirchmeier, Rod Knight, Dick Linneman, Ron Koosman and Les Hill.
Neil was born December 8, 1944, to Melvin and Elma (Albertsen) Jacobsen, south of Lake Norden, SD, on the family farm. The family moved to a farm east of Lake Norden where he grew up. He was #8 of 9 children. Neil graduated from Lake Norden High School in 1962, where he played basketball with his brothers, and got into mischief with his younger sister Erma.
Neil married Doris Hendrickson on 12-15-62. They lived in DeSmet, SD and then Sioux Falls, SD. Their daughter Kristin was born while living in Sioux Falls and their son Todd was born a year later in Luverne, MN. Neil worked for BPI while there. They moved to Watertown in 1968. His son Chad was born a year later and daughter Stacey was born 2 years after that. He and Doris divorced in 1971.
He was married to Karen Smith in 1978 and divorced in 1989. Neil worked various jobs before he went to work with his brother Floyd at a trucking company. He currently owned Jacobsen Trucking at the time of his death.
Neil was known for his sense of humor and loved a good joke. Growing up he played pinochle with his brothers. Family gatherings always had them playing cards. He enjoyed his morning coffee at Little River City with friends and his card playing buddies. His smile and sparkle in his eye was a trademark. Apparently, he had a lucky streak when it came to rolling dice in the morning, even when he was in the hospital and they rolled for him, he still won! He met Judy Phipps in 2000 and she has been his partner ever since. He was always a napper. Sitting still for longer than 5 minutes would end up with him sleeping and SNORING.
He was very proud of his children, nieces and nephews but had a special love for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His Great-grandsons Caleb and Charlie liked to show him their games on their iPad. He didn’t understand them but never showed it. They always thought it was fun sitting on his lap and have him play with them. He enjoyed teaching a few of his grandsons how to drive and hunt as well. Neil could be found spending time with his brother Farrel and nephew Mark helping on their farm in the fall. He always had candies, pastries or some kind of goodies for all when he stopped to see them. He also liked following his niece and nephews in their school sports when he could. If he was driving by your house, he would stop and say hello or honk. When he wasn’t plowing snow in the winter, you could find him out ice fishing. He and his son-in-law Darrin would call each other about where the fish were biting and usually found each other on the ice. When his grandson Ethan was along, the Peanut Butter Pretzel bites were known to disappear. He was known for teasing and joking with everyone he met. It has been said “Once you met Neil Jacobsen, you never would forget him”. A gentle man with a big personality, a twinkle in his eye and an infectious laugh and smile.
Neil is survived by his life partner, Judy Phipps of Watertown, SD; his children: Kristin (Don) Rigdon of Watertown, SD, Todd Jacobsen of Lakewood, CO, Chad Jacobsen (Fiancé Brenda Garrett) of Fort Myers, FL, Stacey (Darrin) Christensen of Watertown, SD, and Shelly Swartz (Mike) Leiblie of Cummings, GA; fourteen grandchildren: Megan (Dan) Strandell of Sioux Falls, SD, Kaitlin Rigdon of Owatonna, MN, Lucas (Samantha) Rigdon of Dover, DE, Andrew Jacobsen of Brookings, SD, Alexis and Abigail Jacobsen of Lakewood, CO, Michael and David Jacobsen of Shelby, NC, Ali Daxenbichler of Springfield, VA, Alex Daxenbichler of Chicago, IL, Ethan Christensen of Brookings, SD, and Matthew, Bradey and Logan Leiblie of Cummings, GA; four great-grandchildren, Caleb, Charlie and Henry Strandell and Watson Rigdon; and his siblings, Farrell (Linda) Jacobsen of Badger, SD, Marion (Bob) Carlson of Lake Norden, SD, and Erma (Alan) Naftalis of Cape Coral, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Elma; his infant brother, Darrell; and his brothers, Arrol, Dale, Floyd and Don.
Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel www.crawfordosthus.com
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