Bo Viking Jacobson

Obituary for Bo Viking Jacobson

May 24, 1943 - October 6, 2020
Milwaukie, Oregon | Age 77

Obituary

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.

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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.