Ronald “Jake” Jacobsgaard
Age 76 of Wilmington passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.
Born August 20, 1944 in Morris, Ronald Milton was a son of Vernon M. and Edith (Humbert) Jacobsgaard. He was raised and educated in Gardner, and graduated from Gardner South Wilmington High School with the Class of 1962. Ronald served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1969. He then gained employment with Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet where he worked for 40 years until retirement.
Ronald also co-owned Sailorettes Nautical Nook in Wilmington, and enjoyed spending his time outdoors fishing, hunting, and always enjoyed a good western book. He also took great pleasure in woodworking and cherished any time spent with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Anita (Nordhoff) Jacobsgaard, whom he married on February 12, 1983 in Wilmington, three children: Larry (Julie) Jacobsgaard of Mazon, Colette (Glenn) Boynton of Wilmington, and Kurt (Dina) Peterson of Jacksonville, Florida; nine grandchildren: Logan, Dannica, Brendan, Brianna, Angel, Liz, Paxton, Kami, Kaeman ; and one brother, Allen (Linda) Jacobsgaard of Eureka, Illinois.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Marma.
Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and Ronald will be inurned with full military honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Ronald's memory to the Joliet area Community Hospice Home, 250 Water Stone Circle Joliet, Illinois 60431
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Ronalds memorial page by logging onto: www.baskervillefuneral.com/obituary/RonaldJake-Jacobsgaard
Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.