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Jacob C. Newton, 80

Jacob Charles Newton, age 80, of Russell, formerly of Howard Lake, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at the Murray County Hospital in Slayton, MN.

He was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Tyler, MN, to Charles and Bird (Meyer) Newton.

Jacob graduated from the Russell High School in 1947.

He was baptized at, and a member of Opdahl Lutheran Church in Florence until the church closed. He then became a member of the Grace First Parish in Russell.

Jacob was united in marriage to Joyce Johnson March 5, 1951.

They farmed the family farm near Florence for a couple of years, then Jacob went to work for Marshall Produce in 1954. In 1963, they moved to Russell and lived there until 1979.

Jacob and Joyce then moved to Howard Lake. Jacob worked for Sonstegard Foods until 1996, when he retired and moved back to Russell. He had worked part time at Running’s for the past 11 years.

Jacob’s love of his life was his family and especially being with and watching his grandchildren’s various activities. Other enjoyments were hunting, fishing, outdoor activities, including raising exotic animals, and watching RTR basketball.

Jacob loved to visit. He always made time to stop and talk, and share a story with a friend, and everyone was his friend. All who knew Jacob will remember his helping spirit, positive attitude, and his smile.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Russell; six children, Kathryn (Tom) Staniszewski of Aurora, SD, Julie Roby of Marshall, Criss (Rhonda) Newton of Tyler, Dana (Becky) Newton of Newton, KS, Eric (Victoria) Newton of Chanhassen, and Jill (Lane) Petersen of Tyler; 14 grandchildren, Melanie Staniszewski, Rhea Staniszewski, Neil Staniszewski, Scott Staniszewski, Darren Thovson, Brooks Newton, Brett Newton, Taylor Newton, Emily Newton, Elliot Newton, Ava Newton, Kaitlin Petersen, McKensie Petersen, and Rhaegyn Petersen; and many other relatives and friends.

Jacob was preceded in death by his parents; three daughters, Barbara Marie, Peggy Sue Anne, and infant daughter Newton; two grandsons, Jeremy Thovson and Matthew Roby; and a sister, Betty Oldenburg.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace First Parish in Russell, with interment in the Florence City Cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, Feb. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were by the Hamilton Funeral Home of Marshall. Condolences may be sent to www.hamiltonfh.com.