Gary Miles Jacobson


Gary Miles Jacobson, age 77 of Westby, died Tuesday August 27, 2019.


Sample ImageGary Jacobson, age 77 of Westby, died Tuesday, August 27, 2019 surrounded by loving family at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital.

Gary was born on July 5, 1942 in Westby, WI to Edwin and Marian (Galstad) Jacobson. He was baptized and confirmed at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church in Westby. Gary graduated from Westby High School in 1960. Gary attended the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.  He married Mary Jane Mikkelson on October 30, 1965 at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church.

Gary operated the Westby Liquor Store for 38 years until retirement in 2003. He loved hunting, fishing and watching the Green Bay Packers. He was the master of fixing anything and enjoyed traveling.

In 1992 Gary was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. On August 6, 1993 at the University Hospital in Madison Gary had a bone marrow transplant. His brother Mark was the donor. After 8 weeks in the hospital and a yearlong recuperation Gary was able to return to work.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Jane; his daughter, Lisa of Westby; brother, Mark (Susan) Jacobson of Westby; and sister in law, Pat Jacobson, of Cary, IL. He is also survived by nephews, Todd (Jeanette) Jacobson, Eric (Nina) Jacobson, and Jed Jacobson; and niece, Jennifer (Bram) Vollebregt.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce Jacobson of Cary, IL.

Funeral services for Gary will be Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church, 500 S. Main St., in Westby. Pastor Daniel Wollman will officiate. Friends may call during a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church, from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. A luncheon/reception will follow the service.


In lieu of flowers or plants, memorial should be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice in Gary’s name.

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The Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St. in Westby is serving the family, (608) 634-2100.

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