Edwin Lewis Jacobson

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Edwin Lewis Jacobson Jr. was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1929. He passed away peacefully of natural causes on Flag Day 2018. He is survived by his three daughters Jean Hagel (Scott) of Kalispell, Carolyn Torske (Lynn) of Billings and Lainey Reynolds-Keene (Mike) of Billings, along with his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Martin Jacobson (Ann) of Helena, Montana, his parents and his sister.

Edwin, “Jake” to most folks, led an interesting and full life. He was born in Hardin. His early life was spent at the family ranch on Sarpy Creek dividing his time between Sarpy and Hardin. He had many cherished memories and cherished friends from those years. After high school, he attended Montana State and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. In addition, he was in ROTC and then joined the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He served as an officer in the Korean War.

After serving, he made his home in Hardin and began the next phase of his life. He raised a family, owned and managed the Big Horn Implement, worked on community projects, and was a founding member of the sustaining “Poker Club.” Humor and fun were part of his personality. In the early years of the Poker Club, the members used “Choir Practice” as a code word when scheduling a game.

After almost 30 years of a productive life in Hardin, he moved to Billings and began a second career in antiques and collectibles, then a third career at the mail drop, and then a fourth career as a substitute teacher in math, science, music, and Spanish. He substitute taught in the Billings Public Schools until he was 82 years old. His two youngest grandchildren were in West High when he substituted there. Several of their peers had fun when they knew “Grandpa Jake” was in the building.

Jake will always be remembered for his work ethic and interesting pursuits. His family is very thankful for the loving care at the “NEST” (Tender Nest) and for the added quality of Stillwater Hospice.

Last but not least, a big thank you to Barbara, Edwin’s friend for the past eight years. Her friendship and spunk were a positive part of his life.

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