Dean Verle Jacobson

Dean Jacobson, 73, of Sumner, died Tuesday evening, May 12, 2015, at his home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. and Rev. Susan Friedrich officiating.  Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Sumner with military rites by Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner.  Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday May 15, 2015 at St. John Lutheran Church Parish Hall in Sumner and for one hour preceding the service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church and the American Legion, both in Sumner. 

Dean Verle Jacobson, son of Otto Yngve and Lois Viola (Booth) Jacobson, was born August 3, 1941, in Quimby, Iowa and graduated from Milford High School in 1959. Serving with the U.S. Army, he was with the National Security Agency in England for two years. On October 15, 1961, he was united in marriage with Janice Kay Brawner, at Ruthven, Iowa. In 1968, they moved to Sumner. After working for several years in agriculture sales, Dean went into partnership with Wuttke Motors in Sumner, owned D and J shoes, then proudly served twenty-four years with the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office as deputy/detective.

Dean was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Sumner, serving as Chairman of the council and various other committees. He was a member of the Commercial Club, Jaycee’s, on the SEMS crew for twenty-five years and Board of Directors, Planning and Zoning Commission, served as Chairman of the Bremer County Civil Service Commission. He was also a member of Thomas E. Woods #223, American Legion of Sumner, where he served as adjutant, commander, chaplain, and chairman of the Veteran’s Tribute, of which he was very proud to be a part of to enhance the beauty of Sumner. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing 31, and most especially, attending many grandchildren’s activities.

In addition to his wife, Jan of Sumner, he is survived by four sons, Scott (LeeAnn), Steve (Kelly), all of Sumner, Mike (Monica) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Jeff (Yvonne) of Oswego, Illinois; eleven grandchildren, Karissa, Jaiden, Jordon, Dalton, Levi, Zach, Maddie, Payton, Shaye, Noah, and Paxton; two great-grandchildren, Harper and Easton; two brothers, Richard (LaVonne) of Fort Dodge, and Bob (Sue) of Story City; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Jacobson of Anoka, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Loren. 


Dianne Strickler on May 18, 2015 at 9:25 AM said:

I am so sorry to hear of Dean's passing and you all have been in my thoughts since I learned of it. He was a great guy and dedicated to the community and church.
He will be missed.
Sune Jacobsson on May 17, 2015 at 2:03 AM said:

From your relatives in Sweden our thoughts go to Jan and the family in this sad time. We, who had the favour to meet Dean, will always remember the amazing way that he, and Jan, took care of us during our visit in USA in 2009. We have wonderful memories from that reunion. We will miss his letters and email but will always remember him with joy.
For the Jacobsson relatives in Sweden/Deans cousin Sune
Tom & Sue Wardlow on May 15, 2015 at 5:05 PM said:

We will always remember Dean’s infectious laughter, as well as his dedication to the job. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Salvador Perez on May 15, 2015 at 2:18 PM said:

Jeffro I am sorry about your loss. If there is anything I can do for you and your family please let me know..
David Jacobson on May 15, 2015 at 2:11 PM said:

Wish I could pay my respects in person. Enjoyed my visits in 2009 and 2014. Dean and Jan are wonderful persons and I am proud to be family. Rest in peace, Dean. Jan, you are in my prayers.
Laura Schwarting on May 15, 2015 at 10:55 AM said:

Jeff ~ my heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to you and your family.
Eastford Fire & Rescue Sales on May 15, 2015 at 10:16 AM said:


We were saddened to hear that your father passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.

Your friends @ Eastford Fire & Rescue
Russ Reicherts on May 14, 2015 at 8:42 PM said:

I was a deputy for the Black Hawk County sheriff's Department about the same time Dean was with Bremer County. We worked many cases together, I must say Dean was a true gentlemen and an asset to Law enforcement. I know he's in a good home and not having to battle that cancer any longer. RIP my friend until we meet again.! My condolences to the family.
Pat Hagarty on May 14, 2015 at 5:05 PM said:

Met Dean in 1980 when I became a police offices at age 20 in Denver, Ia. He was a great guy and mentor, always willing to teach me the ropes.
Tom & Darlene O'Brien on May 14, 2015 at 1:49 AM said:

Although it’s difficult to see beyond the sorrow, may you be comforted by the memories of how Dean lived his life and made it a better place for his family, friends and community. Our thoughts are with you, at this difficult time.
Dale & Amy Jacobson, and daughter Melissa on May 13, 2015 at 8:27 PM said:

We were blessed to have Dean, Jan, and Mike visit our home in Gloucester, Virginia in the summer of 2014. It was a wonderful visit.

Dean was instrumental in arranging and coordinating a tremendous family reunion in 2009, where members of the Jacobsons' from the old country (Sweden) visited and met with so many of us from all over the U.S. I'm certain I speak for all who attended when I say we are all grateful for the opportunity to meet (some for the first time ever).

Dean was my father's cousin, but I got to know him not only as family but more importantly, a friend.

Dewey Hildebrandt on May 13, 2015 at 5:43 PM said:

Dean was a very dedicated public servant who always put the publics interest first.. His work with the Bremer County Sheriffs Office was always top notch in detail and accuracy. Deputy Jacobson was highly respected among his peers and his integrity was never questioned. You will be greatly missed my friend. Thank you for your many years of service to the county and the community!
Dewey Hildebrandt
Jay and Lisa Heying on May 13, 2015 at 5:05 PM said:

Many wonderful memories at the Jacobson house-Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Dan and Carol Weltner on May 13, 2015 at 1:26 PM said:

Matthew 25:21 "...well done, my good and faithful servant." Pretty much sums it up. Peace and prayers to all of you.
Mike & Nancy Petersen on May 13, 2015 at 8:19 AM said:

Our sympathy to the Jacobson family. We were blessed to be able to call Dean a good friend and will certainly miss him. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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