Jule Harry Jacobson, affectionately known as “Jake” or “Jewelry,” died November 28, 2013, in Plentywood, Montana; he was 67. A warrior of ALS, Jule was surrounded in his last days with a circle of loving family, friends and care providers. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Plentywood Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Taylor officiating; Masonic Rites will be conducted at the church in conjunction with the Christian service. Urn bearers will be Bob Nikolaisen, Larry O'Toole, and Woody Michels; Honorary Bearers will be Ed Angvick, Gordon Aus, Cory Benson Ned Chandler, Roger Clemens, Don Gray, Jr., Herb Joyes, Jim McNulty, Bill Peterson, Jerry Raaum and Dale Tlustosch. Ushers will be Britt Chandler, Carter Christiansen, John Gysler, John Kemp, Craig Marsh and Jameson Morton. Interment, with military honors, will be in Plentywood Memorial Cemetery.
Jule was born on April 13, 1946, to Harry Jule and Ruth (Shiell) Jacobson in Glasgow, Montana, near the Fort Peck Dam, where his father was working. He accompanied his parents to Elgin, Illinois, where his father attended watchmaker’s school. The family returned to Montana, and eventually settled in Plentywood, where Jule graduated in 1964 from Plentywood High School. Jule attended Dawson Community College, and then entered the United States Army. He was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, and toured Europe extensively. From the running of the bulls in Spain to sampling German beers, Jule enjoyed exploring Europe. Upon returning to the states, Jule enrolled at the University of Montana, where he graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration. After working in Austin, Texas, Jule decided to attend watchmaking college in Paris, Texas . After graduation, he worked as a watchmaker in Louisiana. Jule returned to Plentywood, Montana, where he purchased Jacobson’s Jewelry from his parents. In 1982, Jule married Sandra Scott Sain and he took on the joyous task of co-parenting Tracy and Cami. In 1986, Allysa was born and Jule was surrounded by his girls, which was just where he wanted to be. Allysa Sue was the apple of her daddy’s eye and he will most definitely be watching over her from heaven above.
Life in Plentywood was good. Three daughters were raised by Jule and Sandi in a loving home and close knit community. He was a lifelong member of the Plentywood Lutheran Church. Over the years, Jule served as a Kellogg Fellow, and was a member of the Plentywood City Council and Sherwood Airport Board. He was elected as a Sheridan County Republican Precinctman, and served on the Montana State Bank Board of Directors. He was active in the Masonic Lodge. A season-ticket holder for the Montana Grizzlies football team, he enjoyed his trips back to Missoula and catching up with old college friends. Golf was his passion and although his ALS was progressing, Jule remained a great putter and chipper. He served many years as the Treasurer for the Men’s Golf League and if he could have figured out a way to golf in the Ladies League, he would have golfed seven days a week, instead of just six.
After being diagnosed with ALS, Jule’s lifelong friends rallied around him and helped Jule continue to enjoy the good life – a special golf junket to Laughlin, enjoying the Arizona sun last winter, supporting Jule as he escorted his daughter Cami at her wedding, and rocking out with Sandi and the Nikolaisens at an Elton John concert in Las Vegas, NV. Even after Jule was hospitalized, friends Bob Nikolaisen, Larry O’Toole, Ned Chandler, Woody Michels, and Dr. Britt worked together each and everyday to ensure that time was spent with Jule and he was able to still go to coffee at the One Eleven (111) and lunch at Cassidy’s. Jule especially enjoyed frequent visits from his life long friend, John Gysler and his Sunday golf dates with Bob and Herbie. These various acts of kindness speak to the special relationships which Jule had developed over the years. He had numerous angels here on earth; he will surely return the favor from heaven. Jule was determined to continue to operate his jewelry store in the remaining months of his life. A special thank you to Toni McCann who worked with Jule over the past 33 years and who continues to provide significant support to the daily operations of the store.
Jule was a simple man who took great pleasure in helping others. He most often had a smile on his face and would always greet others with a friendly hello. Jule’s gentle soul, generosity, and zest for mischief touched so many lives. He enjoyed visiting and listening to his friends, family, and even strangers, providing words of wisdom and encouragement.
Jule was predeceased by his parents, and his two younger brothers, Carl Edward Jacobson and Howard Reid Jacobson. He is survived by his wife Sandra, daughter Tracy Sain (Chad) Hinz of Monticello, MN; daughter Cami Sain (Bryant)Woodward, also of Monticello, MN; and daughter Allysa Sue Jacobson of Seattle, WA; grandchildren Huntley and Haidyn Hinz of Monticello, MN; his sister, Natasha J. Morton of Hardin, MT; sister-in-law Eve Jacobson of Shelby, MT; nephews and nieces Wade A. Jacobson of Shelby, MT; Jameson J. Morton of Missoula, MT; Carla K. Jacobson of Dickinson, ND; and Derek M. Jacobson of Missoula, MT.
Memorials may be made to Plentywood Lutheran Church, Sheridan Memorial Healthcare Foundation, PEAF, or a charity of your choice.
Good bye to you, Jule, may you dance in heaven with the angels and watch over those of us left behind. Until we meet again.