Earl Edwin Jacobs, a life-long resident of Plainview, MN passed on Monday, May 13,
2019. Earl was born November 9, 1925 to Edwin Walter Otto and Mae Gladys
Nienow Jacobs in rural Plainview. He was raised on the family farm in rural Plainview
by his parents and grandparents. Earl attended Plainview Schools up to the 8th
grade. After school he worked on the family farm for his uncle until he entered the
Army. He served from 1945-1946 including time in Korea. After being discharged he
worked on the family farm and at his cousin’s car dealership in Fertile, Minnesota.
He and Rita Teresa Deming were married on October 20, 1951 in Plainview, MN.
Together they raised 5 daughters and 5 sons in the house that Earl built. In 1953 he
was employed by Interstate Power Company and continued working there until his
retirement in 1988. While working for Interstate he owned and operated Family Shoe
Repair out of his home for several years. In 1970 he established Plainview Disposal
Service and Recycling Center. He and Rita worked together in this business for 25
Earl was a 50-year member of Plainview American Legion Post 179 where he served
a term as Commander. He was a member of St. Joachim Knights of Columbus and
served on the Plainview City Council. Earl had the privilege of participating in a
Veterans Honor Flight in 2010. He enjoyed camping trips, family times and watching
the Twins and the Vikings. He and Rita traveled to the Holy Land, Alaska, and
Germany to visit family as well as many other places in the U.S.
Earl is survived by Rita, his wife of 67 years, his sons, Mark (Denise) Jacobs of
Plainview, MN, Dan (DeeRenee) Jacobs of Port Angeles, WA, John (Jane) Jacobs of
Rochester, MN, and Michael (Dan) Jacobs of Portland, OR. His daughters, Jennifer
Barney, Michigan, ND, Mary (Bill) Wagner of Rochester, MN, Susan (Mike)
Thompson of Casper, WY, Julie (Chuck) Kruger of St. Cloud, MN, and Karen Jacobs
of Mason City, IA. His 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren were his pride
He is preceded in death by his son, Thomas Jacobs, son-in-law, Michael Barney and
2 brothers, Donald and Kenneth and sister-in-law, Ione Jacobs.
A visitation will be held at St. Joachim Catholic Church on Thursday, May 16, 2019
from 4-8 pm with a rosary at 3:30. Visitation will also be 1 hour before the funeral
service on Friday. A mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, May 17, 2019
at 11:00 am at St. Joachim Catholic Church with Father William Becker officiating.
Burial will be at St. Joachim Catholic Cemetery. Military graveside services will be
conducted by the Plainview American Legion Post 179.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 57 3rd St SW, Plainview, MN, 55964, 507-534-2003