Halvor “Hal” Jacobson
Halvor (Hal) Jacobson, 94, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at The Vineyards Memory Care Assisted Living Facility, Grand Junction, Colo., where he resided. A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 24, at Appleton Christian Church, Grand Junction, Colo. A graveside service is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m., at Salem Memorial Cemetery, Lake Mills. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Church in Society Committee, American Lutheran Church or HopeWest Hospice, both of Grand Junction, Colo.
Halvor was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Kensal, N.D., to Edwin and Cora Jacobson. Halvor graduated with honors from Lakota High School. He later served from 1944-1946 in the U.S. Army occupational forces in Nagoya, Japan, and in the Philippines during World War II. He was on the first load of troops to enter Nagoya, Japan, when the war with Japan ended. Upon his honorable discharge, Halvor was awarded multiple service-related commendations.
In 1948, he married Florence Hanson in Scarville, and bought a 160-acre farm nearby, where Halvor and his father-in-law constructed the house and outbuildings. In addition to raising beautiful crops of corn and certified soybean seed, Halvor did custom farming, sold Brock grain bins, and was active in the NFO. Halvor and Florence worked together on their Iowa farm until 1972, when they sold it and moved their family to Palisade, Colo. In 1984, they moved to the Redlands near Grand Junction, Colo.
Hal built a four-plex in Palisade, which he owned and managed for over 30 years. He also owned and ran The Countertop Shop in Grand Junction for six years.
Hal and Florence joined the American Lutheran Church in 1972. Hal was active in many of the church’s ministries, including property management and Church in Society. He also volunteered for RSVP and SOS. He especially enjoyed reading with the children in Riverside’s after-school program.
Hal and Florence were active in the Sons of Norway and the Democratic Party. He proudly wore his WWII uniform and carried the American flag in many parades. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the VFW.
Hal loved playing country music on his guitar, square dancing with Florence, camping with his family, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and traveling in and out of the United States.
He is survived by his daughters: Donna (Dave) Ganss, Sandy (John) Lorenzen, and Vickie (Stan) Wolfe; son, Shane Jacobson; brother, Corwin (Sharol); sisters: Coral (Harry) Budd and Carol Jacobson; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Halvor was preceded in death by Florence, his wife of 63 years; his five-year-old son, Harlan; his parents; sister, Phyllis Reed; and brothers, Dale and Marvin.