Selmer Standford Jacobson -- Kenyon

KENYON -- The funeral for Selmer Standford Jacobson will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Holden Lutheran Church in rural Kenyon, with the Rev. Michael Lockerby officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Jacobson, 88, of Kenyon, a longtime area horseman, died of chronic leukemia Sunday (Sept. 15, 2002) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Born May 27, 1914, in Holden Township, Goodhue County, he completed the eighth grade at Dovre School and then worked with his brothers on the farm. He was an amateur boxer as a young man. In 1948 he received a diploma as a master equestrian from the School of Applied Horsemanship in Tarzana, Calif. He married Ora G. Jeanette Flom Oct. 15, 1948, at Moland Lutheran Church in rural Kenyon. They lived on the family farm in Holden Township for 50 years and then moved to Kenyon. A professional trainer, he raised quarter horses and trained quarter horses and Arabians for clients. He appeared in numerous parades, exhibited at horse shows around the county, and had several state champions from the late 1950s to the 1970s. Mr. Jacobson volunteered with the 4-H horse project, coached the Goodhue County 4-H horse judging team, coached riding and reining students, mentored high school students in the horse division of the ag program in Hayfield and worked with interns from the equine program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He was the first grand marshal of the Kenyon Sleigh and Cutter Parade. He was a lifelong member of Holden Lutheran Church, served on the church council and on various committees, was active in the Kenyon Saddle Club and a member of the American and national quarter and reining horse associations. He enjoyed photography, reading, tying fiadors, horse training and working at his forge.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mary Louise (Ron) Vermillion of Elizabeth, Colo., Barbara (Jon) Totten of Aurora, Colo., and Helen (Ron) Haugen of Kenyon; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Olaf (Elaine) of Kenyon; and a sister, Marcia (Milo) Hansen of Kenyon. A brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hanson Funeral Home in Kenyon and an hour before the service Sunday at the church.


Memorials are suggested to Holden Lutheran Church in rural Kenyon or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter, 5217 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 221, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.

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