Walter P. Jacobs, 88, formerly of New England, N.D. died Jan. 11, 2013 at his home at Hawk’s Point in Dickinson, with his family at his side.
Posted Jan. 17, 2013
Walt’s Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, New England, with Fr. Charles Heidt as the celebrant and Fr. Biju Chitteth as the concelebrant, and assisted by Deacon
Don Gion. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, with military honors provided by the New England American Legion, Anton Ulijohn Post 66. Walter Phillip Jacobs and his twin brother Wallace were born Nov. 26, 1924 near Regent, N.D. the son of JQ and Violet (Davison) Jacobs. He grew up on the family farm, the fifth of 11 children.
He attended St. Mary’s school in New England and after graduation in 1943, joined the Army. He served in WWII as a Combat Engineer in 260th Battalion in Europe. He survived the Battle of the Bulge, and returned to marry his high school sweetheart, Lu Maixner in 1946. The couple settled on a farm in Slope County southeast ofAmidon and proceeded to raise a family of ten children. They retired to New England and eventually settled in the Maixner family home on Mckenzie Ave.
Walter was always involved with his church, family, and community. He participated in Knights of Columbus, American Legion, 40 et 8, ND Farmer’s Union, Senior Citizens Club, Hettinger Co Historical Society, VFW, as well as ND Democratic Party. His joy for life was expressed in all that he did: singing, sketching, hunting, fishing, entertaining, visiting and helping neighbors.
He was a riveting storyteller, whose cadence and irreverent humor entertained friends and strangers alike. His weekly column in the Hettinger County Herald, Around the Pot, recorded many of these stories, reflecting on life in the early part of the century through the current ups and downs of rural American life. He was also a gifted artist, noted for his rustic sketches.
In 2012, he lost his beloved wife Lu, then moved to Hawk’s Point in Dickinson. He died there of natural causes Jan. 11, 2013 surrounded and cared for by his family.
He is survived by nine children: Barbara Danks, Dickinson, N.D., Adrian Jacobs, Bismarck, N.D., Vidette (Tom) Schillo, Golva, N.D., Brian (Deb) Jacobs, Bismarck, N.D., Sherry (Bernie) Gieser, Park City, Mont., Sandra Majhor, Minnetonka, Minn., Cynthia (Kim) Bozekowski, Littleton, Colo., Bradley (Tess) Jacobs, New England, N.D. and Jason (Lisa) Jacobs, Dickinson, N.D.; 29 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; seven siblings, Gerald Jacobs, Francis Wilhelm, Irene Gion, LeRoy Jacobs, Lenard Jacobs, Alton Jacobs, and Quorina Schmidt. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lu; one son, Bruce; twin brother,Wallace and sisters Leona and Toni. Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, N.D. was in charge of arrangements.