Bo Viking Jacobson

  • Born: May 24, 1943
  • Died: October 6, 2020
  • Location: Milwaukie, Oregon

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

We are heartbroken at Viking's loss and will never fill the hole that his passing leaves in our lives. But he lives on in our memories and the memories of all those who knew and loved him.

Bo Viking Jacobson passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family Oct 6, 2020. Viking as he was known to all, was born in Vaasa Finland May 24, 1943. He immigrated to America with his parents Ingrid and Alfred when he was four. Viking grew up in NE Portland where he graduated from Grant High School. He attended Linfield College and PSU. When he proposed to his wife Karen, he promised her that they would have fun, and for 53 wonderful years he kept that promise.

Viking was an avid skier for much of his life and watching him gracefully glide down the slopes was a joy to behold. In middle age, Viking took up running and ended up completing many marathons and competed in some of the earliest Hood to Coast relays with the Goose Hollow Sliders. Later in life he developed a passion for cooking and, while his family played the day away, he spent virtually the whole of every Saturday, trying out new recipes - the more intricate and involved the better. On those Saturday nights, his family would gather around the table to sample the dishes he had so lovingly prepared and to talk and to laugh and to marvel that any family could so genuinely enjoy each other's company. At times, when the conversation was particularly lively, or the recipe exceptionally complex, dinner was not served until late into the evening or, on some occasions, early the next day. The latest meal memorialized on the dining room door frame was 12:43 am.

In high school, Viking was on the rally squad and for the rest of his life he was the number one cheerleader for those he loved. He was immensely proud of his sons, his daughters-in-law and his grandchildren and never held back in his praise and support of them.

Viking was blessed with a large circle of longtime friends with whom he maintained contact through annual camping trips, golfing and his times holding forth while standing at the end of the bar at the Goose Hollow Inn.

Viking loved to play but he was also a hard worker. He started his career at Chevron and then moved on to Arrow Transportation and finished his career as a Loss Prevention Consultant at Liberty Northwest. After they both retired, Viking and Karen wasted no time traveling the world in continued pursuit of the fun he had promised. They took many trips with a tight group of traveling companions to Europe, Mexico and Belize and made many cherished memories in those last years together.

Viking was above all, a kind man who couldn't stand to watch any movie or show where the good guy didn't win in the end. And all those years ago, when their ship arrived in New York harbor before dawn on their entry to this country, his father took him up on deck to see Lady Liberty's shining light. Viking never stopped believing in what that light represents. All this made the current political situation particularly painful for him and he desperately wanted to stay alive long enough to cast his vote for Joe Biden. Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer had other plans for him.

Viking is survived by his wife Karen, sons Trevor, Ian and Lars, daughters-in-law Nicole, Kim and Bekah, and grandchildren, Gwen, Gabi, Finn and Abigail.

A proper celebration of Viking's life will take place some sunny day in 2021 when we all can safely gather.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I had the privilege of getting to know Viking when he was with Arrow Transportation. At that time, he was extremely active with our Safety Council at the Oregon Trucking Association. He placed highway safety ahead of all other business needs, and his passion for safety carried over in his leadership of the Safety Council. He was a great model for younger people coming in to the industry. We were all a little better off because of our relationships with Viking.

Posted by John Sallak Sallak - Beaverton, OR - Friend   October 27, 2020

Karen and family: We are sorry to learn of Viking's passing. We had some fun when we were young and living in Linnton. I will never forget his kindness, laugh and those Friday after-work nights in the neighborhood.

Posted by Janet Cleaveland - Vancouver, WA - Neighbor   October 26, 2020

I worked with Viking at Liberty Northwest. He was such a professional and worked hard so employees could go home safely to their families at the end of the day. But more than that he was a delightful person. These pictures capture his essence - that wonderful smile!
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Debra Corbin - Happy Valley, OR - Coworker   October 25, 2020

I would like to send all my love and sympathy to Karen, and the boys; Trevor, Ian and Lars, on Viking's passing. He was a kind and wonderful man, and I remember many dinners with the family at the house in St Johns. He will be missed. All my best to Karen and the family.

Posted by Gary Welk - Milwaukie, OR - Friend   October 25, 2020

Good memories from grade school/neighborhood years. Loved ones always go too soon. Karen, our prayers are with you and the family.

Posted by CAROL MOON (Hawkins) - Tigard, OR - Classmate   October 25, 2020

I found Vikings wallet in rose city park elementary school gymnasium when I was very very young, i remember how "cool" i thought it was, I lived across the street from the school ,so I took the wallet to my home probably expecting to turn it @ school . Within A couple of hours "Viking" showed up @ our door & recovered his wallet , that was even "cooler" I never forgot how "gracious" he was, (even in his youth) to the little"geek" that took his wallet home . What a lesson for a little guy ,about how to conduct one's self , I never forgot "Viking" Lonnie Pickerell (7-7-47) N.E. Portland , Grant High school class of 1965 / R.I.P. ,"VIKING"

Posted by Lonnie Pickerell - OR - Acquaintance   October 25, 2020

We send all of our love to your splendid family. Viking was one of the good guys and will be missed. Our memories are many. Sending you our sincere condolences.

Posted by Terry & sandi Hart - Portland, OR - Friend   October 18, 2020

Joyce and I are very saddened to hear of Vikings passing. We share many memories of Viking and Karen. He was blessed with a wonderful family. We know he will be missed by who knew him. He was a friend to everyone and always had a kind word to say. If it could be said of anyone it could be said of Vikings, he had a kind heart. He also had a good and full life because he was surrounded by those who loved him. Our love goes out to his family. Dan and Joyce Ramberg

Posted by Daniel Ramberg - Camp Sherman, OR - Family Friend   October 18, 2020

Rest in peace Viking. I had so many good conversations with you that stick with me, almost word for word, to this day. I admire the values you very fiercely held. Very few people can say they lived as good of a life as you did. The love that you spread will continue on for a long, long time. Look forward to seeing you on the other side (and I promise I will steal another one of your cheap beers when I get there and laugh with you while enjoying it).

Posted by Michael Rice - Salem, OR - Family Friend   October 18, 2020

I love this tribute to Viking and the photos capture his sweet, mischievous personality. He loved you boys so much; his family meant the world to him. We were so fortunate to know this wonderful man and be on the receiving end of Viking and Karen's hospitality. He will be greatly missed. Now, go VOTE & let's all love our lives with intention & joy❤ Our deepest sympathies to all his family & friends.

Posted by Kari & Mike Gerszewski - Sioux Falls, SD - Family Friend   October 18, 2020


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