Galen W. Jacobson, 86, of Decorah, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at First Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Rev. Chad Huebner officiating. Burial is in the spring in Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah, with full military honors. Visitation was after 10 a.m. Saturday, one hour before the service, at First Lutheran Church. Organist was Lindsey Lund. Congregational hymns were “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” “Amazing Grace” and “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” Casket bearers were Mark Olson, Dale R. Olson, Dale Peter, Jason Olson, Jon Olson and Chopper Albert. Honorary bearers were special friends, Lester and Evelyn Peterson.
Galen Wayne Jacobson was born Oct. 26, 1927, in Canoe Township, Winneshiek County, the son of Carl H. and Martha (Stevens) Jacobson. He was baptized at Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church and confirmed by the Rev. T.A. Hoff at First Lutheran Church in Decorah. Galen attended East Side grade school in Decorah. He enlisted in the United States Merchant Marines Oct. 26, 1944. In April of 1945 he was sent to Europe as a U.S. Army sailor and was honorably discharged Dec. 16, 1945. He continued with the Merchant Marines as a civilian until July of 1949. He subsequently obtained his G.E.D. at East Jefferson High School in Metairie, La., in 1966. From his May 21, 1949, marriage to Betty Kimball of New Orleans, Galen has one son, Bill of California. Galen was in the wholesale candy business from 1949 to 1966. At that time he went to work for Lutheran Brotherhood (now known as Thrivent) from 1966 to 1988 when he retired. He also had a real estate license and passed the NASD test for security dealers. After over 50 years of living in Louisiana, Galen moved back to Decorah to live, in 1998. Galen was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Orleans, La. and in 1953 he transferred to Atonement Lutheran Church in Metairie, La., where he served as Sunday school superintendent, on the Stewardship Board and on the Board of Elders. He became a member of First Lutheran Church in Decorah upon moving back here.
Galen is survived by his son, Bill of Calif.; his brother, Roger D. and Jerene (Barth) Jacobson of Prescott, Ariz.; his sister, Helen E. (Jacobson) Olson, of Decorah; and his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl H. and Martha (Stevens) Jacobson and his brother-in-law, Kenneth L. Olson.