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Duane “Jake” Andrew Jacobsen, 66

Published 10:09am Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Duane “Jake” Andrew Jacobsen, age 66 of Austin, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at Mayo Clinic Health System, Austin, on Sunday April 27, 2014. He was born Oct. 6, 1947, in Owatonna, Minn., to Helmer and Jean (Sutherland) Jacobsen. Duane grew up in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1965. He enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War. Duane attended apprenticeship school to become an iron worker. He made his living as an iron worker for 40 years. On Feb. 14, 2014, Duane married Debra D. Dickson at their home in Austin. A member of Christ Episcopal Church and of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Duane also belonged to the V.F.W. Post 3907 of Palestine, Texas. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, traveling all over the lower 48 states as well as Alaska and Canada. He loved playing dominoes and especially spending time with friends and family.


Duane is survived by his wife Debra Jacobsen of Austin, his children Jason A. Jacobsen of Glenville, Minn., Jerod A. Jacobsen (Brooke Ericksen) of Austin, and Eric (Lynnel) Lorenzen of Glenville; step-daughters Brandy Phares of Anchorage, Ark., and Megan McDonald of Pensacola, Fla.; two grandchildren Teagan Jacobsen and Emma Lorenzen; siblings Gary Jacobsen of Austin, Joanna Jacobsen also of Austin, Diane (Larry) Lamm of Mankato, Donald (Judy) Jacobsen of Austin, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Helmer and Jean Jacobsen and a special friend Sharon Kaput.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church. Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin, with military rites by American Legion Post 91. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Duane’s honor can be directed to the Jacobsen family. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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