Kenneth A. Jacobson

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Kenneth (Kenny) Allen Jacobson, 68, passed away unexpectedly January 26, 2021, at the Swift County-Benson Hospital.

Kenny was born January 28, 1952, in Benson, Minnesota, to Abner and Katherine (Pederson) Jacobson.  He attended school in Benson and graduated with the Class of 1970.  He went on to earn his degree in Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota. As a teenager, Kenny experienced the tragic death of a younger cousin.  The impact of seeing how his family was helped through the care and comfort given by the funeral led to his future career serving others as a funeral director.  

June 9, 1972, Kenny was united in marriage to Renae Simonson at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  They made their home in Benson where they raised their children, Ben and Amanda, and owned Jacobson Funeral Home.  After selling the funeral home, Kenny enjoyed being a DJ and assisting his Dad with auctions.  He later returned to funeral service and completed his career with Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, Edina, Minnesota.  Kenny was devoted to serving and comforting families in their time of need.  

One of his greatest highlights was earning the title “Gampa” with the arrival of Sophia, Clara, and Liam.  He was the grooviest Gampa – gifted with the unmatchable ability to get everyone bouncing off the walls, laughing loudly, making a scene, and telling the silliest jokes.  Gampa was the master of pranks. He prided himself in always convincing the grandkids to join in his shenanigans.  His favorite retirement activities were driving the ‘Gampa School Bus’ every morning and attending sporting events while proudly being the loudest fan in attendance (the loud cheering was usually appreciated).  He always made sure to say how much he loved them.

Kenny is survived by his wife, Renae of Hopkins: son Ben Jacobson of Minneapolis, daughter Amanda Jacobson of St. Louis Park; grandchildren: Sophia Bagne, Clara Bagne, and Liam Jacobson; brother Bruce Jacobson (Cathy Bentfield) of Forest Lake; brother-in-law: Robert Simonson of Benson; sisters-in-law: Rebecca Winge (Robert) of West Fargo, ND; Ramona Hilleren (Jon) of Willmar; along with several nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.  He loved them all greatly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Abner and Katherine Jacobson; an infant brother; father-and mother-in-law, Reuben and Ruby Simonson; his grandparents: Peter and Nana Jacobson, and Oliver and Bertha Pederson.

Due to COVID-19, a celebration of Kenny’s life will be planned at a later date.

Arrangements are with Washburn McReavy-Chapel, Edina, Minnesota.

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