Kalen Jacobsen

Kalen Jacobsen


A Celebration of Life was held for Kalen Jacobsen at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa.

Kalen Layne Jacobsen, 45, passed away on September 3, 2019 at Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, IA following a yearlong battle with cancer.  

     Kalen Layne Jacobsen was born on May 25, 1974 at Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, IA to Charles and Dolores (Anfinson) Jacobsen.  He graduated from North Fayette High School in 1992 and went on to graduate with his bachelors in Ag Business at Iowa State University in 1997. He married Kathleen (Kleiman) on April 21, 2001. Together they have two amazing children, Nolan (15) and Ella (10). They moved to northeast Iowa in 2012 where Kalen worked at Farm Credit Services of America in crop insurance.  In their spare time they enjoyed camping, Iowa State sports, Cubs baseball games, vacationing (especially in Nashville!), raising and showing cattle, and spending time with friends and family. The highlights of Kalen’s life included his wedding, the birth of his children, watching his son show a Grand Champion Steer and daughter win the Mutton Busting competition at the Iowa State Fair and watching the Cubs finally win the World Series.  He loved Christmas and the holidays with his family, the Barrel Drive Inn, TJs Pizza, country music, 80s music, and all things sports.  

     Kalen is survived by his wife Kathleen. Children: Nolan and Ella. Parents: Charles and Dolores Jacobsen of West Union, IA. Siblings: Kevin (Linda) of St. Charles, MO; Kendall of West Union, IA; Kirk (Dawn) of Clermont, IA; Karen (Victor) Schmitz of West Union; Kerry (Lisa) of Clermont, IA; Kyle of West Union, IA; Kory (Erin) of Ridgeway, IA.  Mother and Father-in-law: John and Dixie Kleiman, Harpers Ferry, IA.  Sisters-in-law: Tracy Doerrfeld of Marion, IA and Darcy (Bruce) Marshall, of Mason City, IA.  Kalen was also survived by 22 nieces and nephews, and ten great nieces and nephews. 

     Kalen was preceded in death by his grandparents: James and Hazel Jacobsen and Elmer and Cora Anfinson.


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