Share This Obituary


Memories & Candles

“Carol, Michelle and family, I was deeply saddened by Rod's passing. I so enjoyed our lunches together to talk about books and history. Best...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Dave Bliss - Bismarck, ND

“Carol and Family, My thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Rod was such a wonderful person. I will never forget...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Shawn Campbell - Bismarck, ND

“I was pleased and touched when Rodney contacted me in 2010 by writing a brief message on the back of 2 business cards, "Hear you can't be at Ray for...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Donn R. Besselievre - Berryville, VA

“Carol and family: Was saddened to read of Rodney's death in the Tioga Tribune. Always remember him as being kind and cheerfull, and will honor his...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Tyrone Langager - Minot, ND

“Our thoughts are with you Carol. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Marlene and Dale 10504 79th St NW ...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Marlene and Dale - Tioga, ND

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God give you comfort and peace. Wendy and Nevada ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Nevada Jorgenson - Bismarck, ND

“Carol and family: I am so very sorry to hear about this. Both Rod and you, Carol, have been a tremendous encouragement to me and many others through...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Ron Keller - Plymouth, MN

“I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Rod's passing. I can not stop thinking about you and hurting for you in this very difficult time. Your family...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Leah Montgomery - Lewis Center, OH

“Dear Carol and Family, Teresa and I express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Rod was a great man and our lives were enriched greatly by having...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Paul Andre & Family - Bismarck, ND

“Rod loved his family, friends, and community. He also loved to plan, design, and build things. Mostly grain elevators. He was passionate about...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Dale Preszler - Bismarck, ND

“My memories of Uncle Rod are also rich, kind and unassuming. I know he helped his sister Joanne, my mother, buy Christmas presents one year when...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Colleen Weyrauch - Minot, ND

“Our deepest sympathy go out to Carol, her children and grandchildren. Rod will be greatly missed by all but will be welcomed in the arms of his...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Debra Tenhoff and family - CA

“Carol- I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your beautiful family. I first met Rod in 1969 when I rented a buiding from him to ship nursery...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Dan Cashman - Bismarck, ND

“Dear Carol, Larry, and Mike, Very sorry about the death of Rod. He was a dear friend of mine and inspiration, as you know I work witrh Rod, (and...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Steve Cashman - Des Moines Iowa, IA

“Dear Rosie and Family I just heard today of Rods passing. My heart goes out to you. Rod was such a gentle man with the most wonderful smile. You...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Phyllis Denison - Bakersfield, CA

“Carol and Family We offer our sincere sorrow for your loss of Rod. He was a true gentleman and a model for all of us who were privileged to know...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Ryan Larson - Scottsdale, AZ

“So sorry to hear of Rod's passing. I dealt with Rod for several years in constructing his Storage buildings and always had great experiences with...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Rod Rick - Bismarck, ND

“Dear Mark and Family, We are very sorry for your loss. May the fond memories and the grace of God comfort you all during this difficult time. ...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Shane Haas - Whitewater, CO


Rodney D. Jacobson, 79, died January 16, 2012, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, January 21, at Charity Lutheran Church, 120 Aspen Avenue, Bismarck, with Rev. Randy Upgren and Rev. Scott Bauman officiating. A prayer service and gathering will be held at 7:00 pm Friday, January 20, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck. Graveside services will be held in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. Rod was born May 19, 1932, to Lloyd and Ethel (Anderson) Jacobson in Ray, ND, the third of seven children. He graduated from Ray High School in 1951, and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952. He was stationed at Ellsworth Air Base in Rapid City, SD. Rod attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton and Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. In 1959, after the death of his father, Rod and his two brothers carried on with the family business, Jacobson and Sons Construction. On December 5, 1969, Rod married the love of his life, Carol (Rosenvold) LaBere in Minot, ND. They made their home in Bismarck and shared a life rich in blessings together. In 1985, he formed a new construction company, J-Sons, with his three sons. He retired from that company in 1999. Rod embraced life with enthusiasm and optimism. He had an extraordinary ability to inspire others to better themselves. A truly creative problem-solver, he was always supportive of people rising to new challenges and striving to do good things in life. Whatever Rod did or engaged in, he did with passion. He loved to work. He loved current events, his church, politics, the Rocky Mountains at Big Sky, MT, Duke basketball, his Norwegian heritage, design and construction of any sort, and especially any time spent with his family gathered around him. Rod role-modeled an appreciation of time and life and love. A life-long enthusiasm for World War II history led to a trip of a lifetime. In 2007, Rod escorted his grandchildren through seven European countries, visiting many historic sites and teaching them respect and adoration of their American citizenship. The trip concluded in Norway at their ancestral home. Sharing this experience with his grandchildren was a true highlight of his life. Rod's passion for work continued until the time of his passing and was surpassed only by his love for his Heavenly Father, his wife, children and grandchildren. Rod is survived by his wife, Carol; three sons, Larry (Cindy), Bismarck, Mike (Cindy), Bismarck, and Mark (Lori), Loveland, CO; three daughters, Michelle, Bismarck, Debra and Kathleen, both of Williston; grandchildren, Ryan, Brent and Jared LaBere, Derek (Heather) and Daren LaBere, Carrie (Josiah) Thunshelle, Lars, Stefan, Rikka LaBere, Thea (Kyle) Wickey, Jacob, Anna, and Grace Geiermann; great-granddaughter Lucy LaBere; two brothers; two sisters and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

SEARCH OTHER SOURCES