Michael Jacoby

Michael “Mike” Albert Jacoby was born on May 18, 1943, in Augsburg Township, Marshall County, Minnesota. He was born on his grandparents’ farm and his grandmother, Mary Berg, was the midwife that delivered him. Mike was the son of Clarence and Bernice (Berg) Jacoby. He was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as a youth. Mike grew up in Hancock, Minnesota, and graduated from Hancock High School in 1961. He graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1966, with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Pharmacy. 

On August 22, 1965, Mike was united in marriage to the love of his life, Adelle Milde, in Fargo, North Dakota. Adelle was from Maddock, North Dakota, and they met at North Dakota State University. This marriage was blessed with two children, Jason and Heather. Mike and Adelle resided in Ottumwa, Iowa, and Morris, Minnesota. In 1981, they moved to Hector, Minnesota. Mike and Adelle shared 58 years of marriage. 

Mike loved being a pharmacist in the small-town atmosphere of the independent drug store. He felt he was helping his customers by counseling them about their medications and the goals concerning their well-being. Mike missed this connection the most when he retired. He worked for two years in Ottumwa, and 13 years in Morris. When Mike and Adelle moved to Hector, they bought Dickman Drug and opened Jacoby Drug. In 1984, they built a new building and Jacoby Drug & Variety was opened. The store closed in 2005, and many of the drug store items were donated to the Hector History Center. 

Michael was active in his community, including being a Scoutmaster, President of Hector Industries Corp. for more than 20 years, Board Member of the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center for nine years, and Board Member of RC Hospital Foundation for six years while acting as Chairman for two years. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church since 1981, serving in various positions. Michael helped Randy Cook establish the Men’s Bible Study.

Mike was a life member of Pheasants Forever. He enjoyed summer fishing, someplace warm for winter breaks, his home and yard, and listening to mystery and adventure audio books. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends.

Mike passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 80 years.

Blessed be his memory.

Michael is survived by his:

Wife, Adelle Jacoby of Hector, MN;

Daughter, Heather Higginson and her husband, Geoff of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada;

Grandsons, Jacob Higginson and David Higginson, both of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada;

Granddaughter, Lauren Jacoby of Minneapolis, MN;

Sister, Pamela Jacoby of Colorado; 

Brother-in-law, Ray Argyle of Ann Arbor, MI;

Nieces, Stephanie Crillion and her children, Esma, Spencer, and Max Crillion,

Cathleen Argyle and her children, Caitlyn and Adam Luckhardt;

many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Mike is preceded in death by his Parents, Clarence and Bernice Jacoby; Son, Jason, who passed away on June 26, 2012, by suicide, a loss Michael never finished grieving for; Brother-in-law, Ed Grabau; Sister-in-law, Diane Argyle; Father- and Mother-in-law, Earl and Sylvia Milde; Grandparents, Michael and Gertrude Jacoby and Albert and Mary Berg; many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

The family invites everyone to the luncheon at the church immediately following the committal service.

Arrangements by the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.hantge.com.