Harlan Jacobsen

Harlan Chris Jacobsen, 82, of Redmond, WA passed away quietly at home with family on February 8, 2022, following an illness of several months.

Harlan was born May 25, 1939, in Minden, Nebraska to Chris and Erna Jacobsen. He was graduated with Honor from Minden High School in 1957. In High School he was very engaged in the Future Farmers of America being recognized multiple times for excellence in farming projects. Farming and its lure always had been a dream for him. Utilizing the many mechanical skills from farming, Harlan started his career as a machinist at the Rockwell Manufacturing Company in Kearney, Nebraska. In Kearney he met his wife Sharon (Higgins), marrying on Dec 30, 1960.

Harlan is survived by his wife of over 61 years Sharon, son Owen, and grandchildren Paxton, Ryder, Cody and two brothers Keith of Pratt, KS, and Clayton of Ann Arbor, MI. His older sister Charlotte passed away in 2021 and younger brother Kermit passed away in 2015.

Following several years working with Rockwell, Harlan and Sharon moved to Denver where Harlan continued in his career at Denver Iron Works. As a master machinist he completed his career at Gear Works of Seattle. Sharon retired in 1991, Harlan in 1996, and they continued their hobbies in the Seattle area. Harlan spent several years collecting and restoring old tractors, primarily the smaller models made by International Harvester and building on his “gentleman’s” farm with barns, cattle and horses. Later in life he had enjoyed regaling neighbors, friends, family and grandchildren with many stories on work and family from his varied experiences in life. 

Funeral arrangements have been made with Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills Funeral Home & Cemetery of Lynnwood, WA.  A graveside service for Harlan was held Friday, February 25, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills, 409 Filbert Road, Lynnwood, WA 98036.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.floralhillslynwood.com for the Jacobsen Family