Krueger Jacobsen

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Krueger Benjamin "Jake" Jacobsen

Sep. 20, 1913 - Apr. 2, 2013


99 Years Old


Walnut Creek resident Krueger "Jake" Jacobsen passed away peacefully at home on April 2, 2013. Born in San Jose to Walter and Fredericke Jacobsen, he spent his childhood through 1927 in Stockton, then moved to Oakland, graduating from Oakland High in 1931. He earned a B.A. in History and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1936, and joined the Key System Transit Lines in Oakland in 1938.


He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war, he rejoined the Key System until 1948, when he started his career at the California Retail Hardware Association (CRHA).


He met Eleanor Hesbol of Martinez, marrying her in 1944. They resided in Oakland. Eleanor passed away in 1977, and Krueger remarried in 1979, to Stephanie Selcho, whom he met at United Airlines in San Francisco, while planning a CRHA event. He retired from the CRHA in 1979, after holding the position of Secretary-Manager for many years.


In 1981 they moved to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, and enjoyed golf and traveling. One of Krueger's hobbies was flags - he had a flagpole at Rossmoor, and he flew appropriate flags for many different occasions. He gave generously to several causes, including the Lutheran Church, UC Berkeley and UCLA.


He is survived by his loving wife Stephanie, a nephew, Robert Jacobsen of Los Altos, and a cousin, Rev. Frank Jacobsen (also 99!) of San Rafael. There will be a private service/celebration of life on Sunday April 14th in Rossmoor. For more information, please email kbjmemorial@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Krueger's memory may be made to the .


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 7, 2013
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