Jake was a free spirit
Funeral services for Jake T. Longbrake, 24, of Eagle Butte, were held Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the Eagle Butte High School Auditorium with Mother Margaret Watson and the Episcopal Lay Readers officiating.
Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Jake passed away May 19, 2014, in Eagle Butte.
Jake Tobee Longbrake was born Feb. 23, 1990, in Eagle Butte to Delbert and Mona (Marcelle) Longbrake. He was raised on the Nordvold Ranch on Bear Creek, south of Eagle Butte, with his sister, Ann’D, and brothers, Weston, Kel and KC.
Jake’s childhood was all about adventure. His school days were spent at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Schools, where his outgoing personality made him a favorite among his teachers and classmates. Jake’s outgoing personality lead him into numerous activities including AAU wrestling, basketball, boxing, cross country, football, student council, track and the Upward Bound Program. He was a social butterfly, remembered for his many antics including petitions to change school policies and wearing his suit and tie every day of junior high.
During this time, Jake spent his summers on the go. He would head out to stay with Grandma Kelva, Bob and Arliss Keckler, who he adopted as his grandparents, Uncle Tom and Aunt Charlene Traversie and Kevin and Marla Keckler, where he became their favorite employee at Northern Plains Sports. All of his friends’ families came to expect that Jake may show up out of nowhere for the night, or the week. He became a special part of the families of Kadyn Drew, Luke Farlee, Kelsie Haskel and Spencer Peterson. Jake made ordinary branding, camping, fishing, rodeo and river days entertaining with his blunt humor.
In May 2007, Jake enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard. He was assigned to Unit CO A 25th EN BN 2nd Platoon “Punishers” and graduated from basic training in August 2008 from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Jake returned to finish his senior year, graduating with C-EB’s Class of 2008.
After graduation, Jake returned to Fort Leonard Wood to complete his AIT. After AIT, Jake tried a few different jobs, including firefighting and BIA Land Ops Range Aide before deciding to follow in Delbert and Weston’s footsteps and become a power lineman for Boldt Power Company.
In May 2011, the 200th Engineering Company was called to active duty to Afghanistan. Jake took his deployment in stride, considering his company his family, and took his fun-loving personality overseas where many of them credit him with keeping them laughing and sane during their years of deployment.
Jake enrolled in the power lineman program at Mitchell Tech and graduated in May 2013. He then took a job with Timberline Company working in North Dakota and South Dakota. He recently began working for Keller’s Construction.
The adventurous ways that Jake developed during his childhood continued right into his adult life where his experiences became really “wiiild” and “Uncle.” He wasn’t scared of a good time or any thrill. He lived fast, often referring to his pace as “a lifestyle not made for the weak,” never in one spot too long, charming the masses no matter where he landed. Jake never entered a bar he didn’t like, met a man he wouldn’t turn into his “nephew” or a woman he wouldn’t consider taking home.
Jake is survived by his parents, Delbert and Mona Longbrake of Eagle Butte; his sister, Ann’D (Jon) of McLaughlin; brothers, Weston (Jamie) of Coolidge, Ariz., Kel (Stephanie) of Pierre and KC of Eagle Butte; his nephews, Lane Longbrake of Belle Fourche; Jayden and Jackson Taken Alive of McLauglin; and Kelby Longbrake of Pierre; his niece, Kessa May Longbrake of Pierre; his grandparents, Pete Longbrake of Dupree, Faye Longbrake of Eagle Butte and Russell and Mary Garrett of Tucson, Ariz.; his uncles, Jake (Cindy) Longbrake of Dupree, Bud Longbrake of Dupree, and Marty Pavatea of Browning, Mont.; his aunts, Charlie (Harlen) Bradshaw of Douglas, Wyo., and Monti Pavatea of Browning; his great-uncles, Robert and Alan Eagleman of Eagle Butte, Moses Traversie of Mission, Stewart Eagleman of Cumberland, Wis., and Turk Cobell of Valier, Mont.; his great-aunts, Carol, Wanda and Eva Cobell of Browning and Linda Alexander of Dallas, Texas; as well as his extended families including the Longbrakes, Nordvolds, Cobells, LeBeaus and Traversies.
Jake was preceded in death by his grandfather, Earl Marcelle; great-grandpas, Neil Traversie, Joseph Eagleman Sr. and Alvin Cobell; and great-grandmas, Liberty Cobell and Helmina Traversie.
Serving as casket bearers were Cody Allen, Kadyn Drew, Luke Farlee, Tate Fischer, Ty Traversie, Lonny Lesmeister, Spencer Peterson, Kyle Pickner, Austin Schneiders, Jared Schrempp, Roy Viedt and Todd Wientjes
“I ain’t here for a long time, I’m here for a good time – Uncle’s out!”