Ronald Gene Jacobson, 61, of Cedar Rapids, was welcomed into his eternal home on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House. Celebration of life services were held Feb. 5 at New Covenant Bible Church. Private family inurnment services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to New Covenant Bible Church or Hospice of Mercy.
On Nov. 25, 1952, Ronald Gene Jacobson was born to Mildred Irene (Miller) and Leo Gene Jacobson of Fontanelle. In September 1972, Ron married Diana Jensen and soon welcomed home three daughters, Michelle, Melanie and Melissa.
The family farmed until 1983, when Ron went to work for Bunn-O-Matic in Creston. Ron and Diana divorced in 1989. In 1992 Ron welcomed his first grandchild, Kayla. He continued to become grandpa to Mackenzie, Colton, Courtney, Raleigh and very recently, Olivia. Ron would also become a father-in-law to Al Bennett and Cory Hodapp.
In 2002, he received the diagnosis of carcinoid tumors. In 2006, he moved to Solon to be closer to his grandchildren. He never stopped fighting cancer.
Oct. 1, 2011, Ron married Patti Ashbacher and became a stepfather to Rachael, Rebecca and Steven. Ron and Patti were members of New Covenant Bible Church.
Ron was preceded in death by his father Leo, his grandparents and a brother-in-law.
He leaves behind his wife Patti of Cedar Rapids, daughters Michelle (Alan) Bennett of Solon, Melanie (Jason) Gross of Cedar Rapids, Melissa (Cory) Hodapp of Iowa City, stepchildren Rachael, Rebecca, and Steven, his mother Mildred of Fontanelle, brother Bob (Tracy) Jacobson of Fontanelle, sister Barbara (the late Dennis) Cullinan of Ankeny, Brenda (Steve) Daniels of Cedar Falls. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com .