In Memory of

Robert I. Jacobson

April 26, 1936 - October 15, 2019
From: Gowrie, IA | Originally: Gowrie, IA

Robert I. Jacobson (Bob), 83, of Gowrie, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. He was born April 26, 1936 to John and Adina (Erickson) Jacobson in Fort Dodge, IA. Bob graduated from Lanyon High School in 1954 and then attended North Park College in Chicago, IL.  In 1957, after enlisting in the United States Air Force, Bob was united in marriage to the love of his life, Myrna G. Mears of Gowrie, IA.  After proudly serving his country, Bob was honorably discharged and returned home to farm until he retired in 2004.

Throughout his life, Bob had many varied interests. Among them was his love of flying. At the age of 16, Bob received his Private Pilot license. Later, following his service in the Air Force, Bob became a licensed Flight Instructor and began teaching the Private Pilot Ground School at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA. He purchased his own airplane and often gave lessons from home, using the landing strip which he had constructed on the farm. Over the years, Bob also became an Amateur Radio Operator (call sign WAØOWE), drove school bus for the Prairie Community School District, taught Experienced Based Career Education at Fort Dodge High School and worked as a photographer for the Farm News, in Fort Dodge, IA. 

Among the interests that Bob and Myrna shared together was traveling throughout the United States with their children. They also enjoyed woodworking and painting. Many of the crafts they made together were sold locally and in other stores around the state. 

Bob had a deep faith and shared his love of Christian music by singing in his home church, Gowrie United Methodist Church. He also sang for many weddings and at other churches in the area. A highlight of Bob’s Christian faith was a trip to the Holy Land with The Gaithers.

Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Myrna Jacobson, along with four children, Joe (Rachel) Jacobson of Madison, MS, Shawn (Amy) Jacobson of Amana, IA, Kristin Jacobson of Gowrie, IA, and Kerry (Chad) Pliner of Fort Dodge, IA, six grandchildren, Lauren (Keith) McWilliams of Cleveland, OH, Michael (Katelyn) Jacobson of Twentynine Palms, CA, Emilie (Ryan) Van Kooten of Ankeny, IA, Katelyn Pliner of Fort Madison, IA, Jon Jacobson of Tiffin, IA, and Cameron Pliner of Fort Dodge, IA. 

A private graveside service will be held at the Gowrie Township Cemetery on Saturday, October 19, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund at the Gowrie United Methodist Church in memory of Robert Jacobson.



Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 12:52 PM
“My sympathy to the family of Bob. I have a couple of memories I'd like to share. Bob was our bus driver for awhile and I remember him singing "Good Night Ladies" when he'd drop my sisters and me off at home. Also I still have a wooden cow head he made for my broken out barn window. May God be with you.”
- Michelle Lambert Cummins

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 9:57 PM
“You and your family are in my prayers. ”
- Joy Kuebler

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:21 PM
“So sorry to hear about your fathers passing, Joe. I have no doubt it was a life well-lived and that he was a wonderful man just like his son. Love and prayers for peace and comfort for you all. ”
- Susan Thames

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 9:12 AM
“Joe, I wish I had met your father. What an amazing man with so many accomplishments! He’s left a great legacy through you. Even though he’s no longer here, he will always be with you in your heart and in your memories. Prayers and deepest condolences to you and your family.”
- Amy Macon

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 9:12 AM
“Joe, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I pray for comfort for you and your family.”
- Jane Dykes

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:02 AM
“Joe ,
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Don Kilbourne

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7:04 AM
“A beautiful life of service and love. May God’s peace keep your family during this time. ”
- Deanna Thompson

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 5:59 AM
“What a wonderful tribute and such an amazing man!! Hoping you feel the love from so many all the way in Mississippi ;)”
- Lindsey Oakley

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 5:15 AM
“Joe, I an so very sorry for your loss. ”
- Archie Henderson

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 5:15 AM
“What a full life your dad had Joe. Thinking of you and your family. ”
- Tom Hester

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