SPRINGFIELD — Robert “Jake” Jacobs, 59, Springfield, South Dakota, died Friday, November 12, 2010, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Vincent Catholic Church in Springfield, South Dakota.
Visitation will be held at the church on Monday, November 15, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service with Father Thury officiating. Burial will be held at the Bon Homme County Cemetery in Springfield, South Dakota.
Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.
Jake was born on April 19, 1951, in Tyndall, South Dakota, to Laurence and Carrie (Murra) Jacobs. He married Susan Uecker on December 16, 1977, in Wagner, South Dakota.
He graduated from Avon High School in Avon, South Dakota in 1969. He later attended The University of South Dakota-Springfield in Springfield, SD.
Jake began working at the Avon Locker in the 4th grade. He later owned and operated the locker for several years. In 1990, Jake began working for the State of South Dakota as a Correctional Officer at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, South Dakota. He was promoted to the position of Training Specialist and later held positions as Unit Coordinator and most recently a Case Manager at both the Trustee Unit in Yankton and Springfield. November, 2010 marked Jake’s twenty-year anniversary of working for the State of South Dakota.
Jake will be remembered for many things. Among them is his love of sports as both a fan and athlete. He golfed until his last day, he pitched fast-pitch softball, coached basketball, and was an avid Twins and Vikings fan (although there wasn’t a football game ever played that he didn’t enjoy watching). He loved doing yard work and Do It Yourself (with help) projects. Jake was an outdoorsman. You could often find him sitting on his deck, overlooking the Missouri River with a Diet Coke in his hand, starting a fire in his fire pit, or sitting at his homemade bar. He was incredibly family-oriented. He loved his children and grandchildren more than anything and was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.
Jake is survived by his wife, Susan, children: Jennifer (Brandon Bruder) Jacobs of Yankton; Ben (Laura) Jacobs of Sioux Falls; and Sam (Ashlie) Jacobs of Hartford; his grandchildren: Reggie, Grayson, and Ari Jacobs; and siblings: Lois (Dick) Weidenbach; Arlene (Jerry) Munighan; and Carol (Dennis) Deurmier; as well as a host of extended family, in-laws and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Laurence and Carrie (Murra) Jacobs; parents-in-law, Robert and Dorothy Uecker; brothers: Roland Jacobs and Dale Jacobs; sister, Lorraine Roth; nephew, Jeff Munighan; and niece, Melissa Roth.
Yankton Press & Dakotan
November 15, 2010