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Cloyd Jacobs

May 30, 1919 — March 5, 2011

Cloyd Jacobs, age 91, of Frazee, MN, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Veterans Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Frazee United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also begin one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Lunch will be hosted at the church following the service for all to attend.

Cloyd was born May 30, 1919 to Otto and Inez (Somers) Jacobs on the family farm in Lincoln County, MN. He attended country school in Lincoln County through the 8th grade and then moved to Frazee, MN where he graduated from Frazee High School with the class of 1937. He then went on to attend Moorhead, MN Teachers College for two years where he was also the quarterback of the football team, playing for Coach Alex Nemzek. On December 3, 1941, Cloyd entered the United States Army. He served in the European Theatre of Operations with the 23rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Division. He participated in several major campaigns and battles including the Break Out at St. Lo., Closure of the Falaise Gap and the Battle of the Bulge. He was the recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry in action. He was honorably discharged in October of 1945. Following his time in the Army, he returned to Frazee where he farmed for two years. In 1947, Cloyd started the Jacobs Truck Line which hauled livestock to St. Paul, MN and freight back to Frazee. He ran the truck line until selling it in 1967. In 1948, he opened Jacobs Skelly Gas Station, which he ran until selling it in 1973. Instead of retiring, Cloyd went on to get his insurance license and worked as an insurance agent at Baldwin Insurance Agency for 15 years. He also served as a substitute mail carrier for 12 years and drove school bus for Anderson Bus Company.

Cloyd was united in marriage to Kathryn Baldwin on November 26, 1948 in Frazee. They had two sons: Paul and Bruce.

He and Kathryn enjoyed their retirement and lived on Eagle Lake. They liked to travel in their RVs; and took them all over the country, though they always waited until after the Christmas season to leave so they could enjoy the holidays with their family. Cloyd also enjoyed the outdoors. He loved fishing and hunting, but especially, deer hunting. He loved animals, most recently his cat, D.C. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan. He was a life member to the 3rd Armored Division Association and had the benefit of attending many of their reunions.

Cloyd was very active in the community and served as a Volunteer firefighter for 27 years, was a city councilman for 15 years, served as the Frazee Mayor for 6 years, also served on the Becker County Fair Board for 7 years, was a member of West Central Development Association, served as a charter member of the Elks Lodge in Detroit Lakes, was an honorary member of the Frazee FFA, a member of the Frazee VFW, a member of the Frazee United Methodist Church, and a charter member of the Frazee Lions Club.

Cloyd is survived by his son, Bruce (Barbara) Jacobs of Frazee; daughter-in-law, Marian Jacobs of Frazee; 6 grandchildren: Jon (Stephanie) Jacobs of McGregor, MN, Christella (fiancAC., Ryan Edwards) of Moorhead, MN, Jennifer Jacobs of Detroit Lakes, MN, Jonathan (Heather) Olson of Frazee, Angela Olson of Moorhead, MN; 6 great grandchildren; a brother, Denton (Rosemary) Jacobs of St. Cloud, MN; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Cloyd was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kathryn; a son, Paul; a grandson, C.R. (Cloyd) Jacobs; and 2 sisters: Alta Christensen and Jane Carpenter.
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