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Dale Jacobs

March 21, 1940 — January 5, 2017

Dale Jacobs

Dale Jacobs, age 76, of Dumont, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at the Traverse Care Center in Wheaton, Minnesota.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, January 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton with Rev. Michael Breach officiating.

Bearers will be Dale's nephews: Orlynn Rinke, Bruce Rinke, Joel Rinke, Steve Rinke, Gary Jacobs, Brad Jacobs, Scott Jacobs, Brian Peterson, Brett Peterson, Todd Schmitz and Matthew Anderson.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 15, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Bainbridge Funeral Home in Wheaton with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer and Time of Sharing Service. Visitation will continue Monday morning one hour prior to the service time at the church.

Dale Glenway Jacobs was born in Graceville, Minnesota, on March 21, 1940, to Frank and Hilda (Hartwig) Jacobs. He was baptized on April 28, 1940, and confirmed on April 11, 1954, at St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton. He attended School District 45 and also the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, Minnesota. Dale was united in marriage to Norma (Johnson) Jacobs on September 3, 1960, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He spent his life farming, custom combining, and working with road and pipeline construction. Dale was the owner and operator of D.G. Jacobs & Sons Trucking Service from 1977 until 2016. He enjoyed his time on the road and meeting up with friends and relatives all over the country. He drove over six million miles, traveling forty-seven of the forty-eight contiguous states, excluding Maine.

Dale enlisted in the US Army Corps Reserve in 1957 and was later honorably discharged. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, the American Legion and the Northern Raiders Saddle Club. Dale was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Dumont and St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton.

Dale loved horses, especially his beloved Trigger. He was fond of watching western movies, listening to country music, and the beauty of nature out west. Dale and Norma met at a dance and enjoyed dancing throughout the years. He also loved trail rides, hunting, playing cards, golfing and spending time with family and friends. His family meant the world to him.

Dale is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Norma Jacobs of Dumont, Minnesota; three children: Michael (Carrie) Gauger of Columbus, Nebraska; Mark (Laurie) Jacobs of Hayward, Wisconsin; and Mary Jo (Jon) Miller of Wahpeton, North Dakota; six grandchildren: Kelly (Shannon) Gauger, Dana (Matt) Lieberman, Amber (Mitch) Watcher, Logan Jacobs, Grant Jacobs and Ellie Jo Miller; six great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren; one sister Glennis (Dallen) Peterson of Sunburg, Minnesota; two sister-in-laws: Betty Jacobs and Audrey Jacobs both of Wheaton; one brother-in-law Wilbert (Mary) Rinke of Wheaton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Hilda (Hartwig) Jacobs; sisters Yvonne (Les) Rinke and Ilene Rinke; brothers Gordon and Orrin Jacobs.

"Dale never knew a stranger. His hardy laugh and smile were contagious. He loved an adventure and lived life to its fullest."

Our family thanks you for your many kindnesses evidenced in thought and deed during this time. A special thank you for the excellent care he received at the Traverse Care Center. They provided him the best care anyone could ask for. We appreciate your support, your hugs, and kind words. Thank you for sharing in the life of a man we loved and called 'Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother and Uncle.'


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