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JACOBSEN, Ronald Christian

Passed away in Kelowna at the age of 82 on October 20, 2016. Close friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC on Friday, October 28th at 1:00 pm.  A Celebration of Life will follow at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.


Ron is survived by his loving wife Muriel, son Shayne, daughter Rhonda and her husband Matt Lebedoff as well as grandchildren: Brandon and Shalynn Jacobsen. He was predeceased by sisters: Marjorie, Jean, Gwen, Marion and Olive; brothers: Harold, Stan and Donald.


“Jake,” together with his twin brother Donald, were born in Red Deer, AB on April 1, 1934. The youngest of nine children, he was the last surviving sibling.  As a young child, he moved with his family to Prince George where he continued his education, met his wife Muriel, started a family and began his business career.  In 1971 he sold his shares in Hub City Motors to his, then partner Bill Burdon and moved to Kelowna, where he opened and successfully operated Jacobsen Pontiac Buick GMC Cadillac for over 40 years.  Throughout his life he was proud to serve his community, first through the Jaycees and then Rotary International, where he served as President of the Kelowna Chapter from 1977-1978.  Ron was a wonderful husband and father, he will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched.  May he rest in peace.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Friday, October 28th at 1:00 pm

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The service for JACOBSEN, Ronald Christian is scheduled for Friday, October 28th at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Karen Waldal says:

    To the Jacobsen Family,
    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I was blessed to meet Ron through Rotary, and was always impressed by his genuine kindness, gentle manner and generosity. His contributions to our community were many, and his positive impact on those whose lives he touched will always be remembered. Wishing all of you peace and comfort as you mourn the loss of such a wonderful man.
    Karen Waldal

  • Jim & Bernice Tancek, Lori Mitchell (Tancek) says:

    Our family was saddened to hear that RCJ had passed away. He owned the company(Jacobsen GM) that kept me employed & helped us live in Kelowna & raise our daughter from 1994 to present. Our family owes him a debt of gratitude for providing that place to work & allow us to live well. We will remember the entire family in our prayers.

  • The Employees from Jacobsen Pontiac/Buick/GMC/Cadillac says:

    On behalf of the people who to this day still work @ Bannister GM (formerly Jacobsen Pontiac) I pass along our sincere condolences to Muriel, Rhonda, Shayne & ALL the Jacobsen Family. There are many people who still work @ our store that were there when he was “In the BIG chair” . We will ALL miss Ron. It was an honor to work with him & we Thank him for providing us a place to come to every day.

  • Jerry Takeda says:

    Muriel, Rhonda and Shayne – so sorry to here of Ron’s passing, it was my good fortune to work at Jacobsen’s for 20 years. I had great respect and admiration for his devotion to family, and business. Our thoughts are with you during these sad times. Laurie and Jerry Takeda

  • Joni summach says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during the coming days and weeks.

  • Harry Mertin says:

    Dear Muriel and family, Harry and Kathy Mertin send our sincere condolences. I had known Ron for over 38 years. He was a man and a Dealer that I greatly admired and respected throughout the nearly 4 decades we were GM Dealers together. Indeed when I became a Dealer I so often looked to emulate and learn from Ron, be it business practice, integrity, community service or employee engagement and management. I will always respect Ron and I will long appreciate him. Our very best to you and your family Muriel.

  • Shyrlee and Clare Mealing says:

    Very sad news. Thankful we had a visit with Muriel and Ron in Palm Springs back in February. Prince George reunions aren’t going to be the same without the Jacobsens there.
    Our thoughts are with the family and know the love surrounding you from your many friends.

  • Don Humphreys says:

    To Shayne and Family,
    The Humphreys’ family in Edmonton are saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. Our prayers are with you.

  • Maxine and Chris DeHart says:

    Muriel and family,
    Chris and I am so sorry to hear about Ron. I was happy to see both of you this past year at the golf club. Condolences to the entire family. See you on Friday.
    Max DeHart

  • Marni Wheatley (Burden) says:

    Muriel, Rhonda and Shayne… so very sorry on the loss of your husband and father Ron. I have so many childhood memories of our visits to Kelowna. Playing games on your Sundeck and visiting the lakes in and around Kelowna. My dad’s favorite story to tell is how he met Ron and Don. The three of them throwing rocks at each other on the schoolyard 70 something years ago. After many bruises and tears they became best friends. How amazing is it to say that you had a friendship for that many years. Ron will be missed and remembered. Sincerely the Burden Family.

  • Lona Hodgson says:

    So sorry Muriel, many happy memories of you both and my thoughts are with you all.

  • Lona Hodgson says:

    My deepest condolences.

  • Lou Vavaroutsos says:

    I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Ron Jacobsen. My family and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We realize the extent of your loss, and hope that our thoughts and prayers will help you carry on.
    Lou Vavaroutsos & Family
    Old Mill Cadillac Chevrolet Buick GMC Limited.

  • Dave Biggs says:

    Muriel and family,
    Very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Jacobsen GM made it possible for me to move my family to Kelowna and better our lives. We will always appreciate that and remember Ron as a good man and a very fair employer.
    Dave and Alana Biggs and family

  • Lorne Kyllo says:

    To Shayne and family our condolences to the passing of Ron it was sure nice to work for him and no him he was always very kind to me

  • Dale & Verna DeMerchant says:

    Very sorry to read of Ron’s passing. We are sitting here remembering the fun times we had with the two of you and your family.
    May good memories help you in the time ahead .Our deepest sympathy to you, Muriel and your family.

  • Dave Strilchuk says:

    To Rhoda and family, So sorry for your loss. Take care.

  • Neville Kenneth Summach says:

    Shayne and the Jacobsen family…
    I was saddened to hear of your dear fathers passing… I will always remember his kind hearted and thoughtful manner… time taken and wise words spoken… to me as simply a customer of “Jakes” Always a friend! You are a dear and special family!
    Neville Kenneth Summach

  • Cathy Almond says:

    Rhonda and family
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May the love and support of your family and friends comfort you during this time of deep loss.
    Cathy and Gord Almond

  • Randy Christian says:

    Sincerest condolences to Muriel, Shayne, Rhonda & the rest of the family from the Christians. Really liked Jake, great guy beneath that gruff exterior. Actually got a hug from him when I ran into him a few weeks ago-LOL. Down in Phoenix right now so unable to attend the service but thoughts are with you.
    Randy C

  • Jon & Jan Dillon says:

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We are so lucky to have met you both and golfed with you both. We will especially remember Ron at Super Bowl – he made it so much fun! We hope to see you down south, Muriel.

    Thoughts and prayers,
    Jon & Jan Dillon

  • Chris West says:

    Ron was a man full of kindness, joy, respect for others and in love with family and the auto business. May the good memories his family and friends have keep his torch burning forever.

  • Gayle Estabrooks says:

    Dear Jacobsen’s….my thoughts are with you all…will always remember you guys boating down to visit us in Summerland…wonderful memories of a great family…hugs and love from Toronto…Gayle Estabrooks

  • joe macdonald says:

    So sad to hear of Ron’s death. Our hearts grieve along with friends and family. There is comfort and hope in what Revelation 21:4 says “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Also John 5:28 “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth;” What a happy time that will be when death will be replaced with resurrections and Ron will live again. Although these thoughts do not take away the grief at present; may Gods Word be a source of comfort for you and your family.

  • Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Board of Directors says:

    Condolences from the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Board of Directors. May your memories bring your family peace during this time.

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