Edmund ‘Joe’ Jacobsen - Renner

April 13, 1945 - Nov. 13, 2023

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Posted 11/16/23

Edmund “Joe” Jacobsen, 78, passed away on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023 , unexpectedly at his home near Renner, SD.

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Edmund ‘Joe’ Jacobsen - Renner

April 13, 1945 - Nov. 13, 2023

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Edmund “Joe” Jacobsen, 78, passed away on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023 , unexpectedly at his home near Renner, SD.
A Mass of Christian Burial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov.  21, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings, SD. A Visitation will be held the night prior from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 20, at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.
Edmund Joseph Jacobsen was born on April 13, 1945, in Mitchell, SD, the son of Edmund and Betty Jo (Deane) Jacobsen.
Joe grew up in Pierre and Aberdeen, SD attending grade school, junior high, high school in Pierre and graduated from Aberdeen High School his senior year in 1963.
Joe married Marge Struck in February 1964. Joe and Marge had four children: Kristin Fliehs, Tom, Rafe, and Ryan Jacobsen. Ed continued his education at South Dakota State University earning his Civil Engineering Degree (PE & RLS).
Later Ed would unite in marriage to Patricia Kohnen (Schultze) on April 22, 1988, in Wessington Springs, SD. In this union he would add three more children to his family; Joe Kohnen, Chris Kohnen and Jacqueline Maki.
Ed started his career working as a civil engineer for Howard, Needles, Tammen & Burgendoff in Minneapolis, MN. He would later join Clark Engineering and transfer to Aberdeen, SD. Ed did freelance survey and design work and in 1992 he started working for Aaron Swan & Associates in Pierre, SD.  In 2016, Ed began what he called his failed retirement.
Ed was a member of many organizations including the South Dakota Engineering Society, the South Dakota Society of Land Surveyors and the SASS Cowboy Action Shooting Club. He was a renaissance man, very humorous, and soft-hearted. Ed enjoyed reading (History Buff), the outdoors, bird and squirrel watching, woodworking and most of all family. Ed was there for you when you needed him and passed his work ethic on to his children.
Ed is survived by his wife of 35 years, Patricia Jacobsen. Four children Kristin Fliehs of Aberdeen, SD, Tom (Marilou Avenido) Jacobsen of Jacksonville, FL, Rafe (Stacey Esser) Jacobsen of Aberdeen, SD, and Ryan (Jamie Watkins) Jacobsen of Brookings, SD. Three stepchildren Joe (Lori Kloss) Kohnen of Dell Rapids, SD, Chris (Samantha Stockwell) Kohnen of Kechi, KS and Jacqueline (JP) Maki of Sioux Falls, SD. Eight grandchildren Kelsey, Kailey, Grace, Tyler, Eric, Riley, Reis, and Ren. Five step grandchildren Samantha, Joe, Hailey, Elise and Colin. Four step-great-grandchildren Liam, Layla, Conley, and Crew Young. Five brothers Harry, James, Scott, Peter, and Paul and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Betty Jo Jacobsen and his niece Jennifer Jacobsen.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.