Harry Duane Jacobsen was born Aug. 14, 1954, in Visalia, Calif., to Harry and Norene (Hanlon) Jacobsen, and passed from this life Dec. 16, 2011, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center while awaiting a kidney and liver transplant. He was known to many people by different names - B.J., Bud and Wiener. His card playing buddies knew him as "Duey" - his friends at work called him "Jake". To his family he was "Duane"- that differentiated him from the other "Jakes" in the Jacobsen family. His wife says she was always his third priority after fishing and playing cards and she called him Jake or Duane.
Duane grew up at Gates, and he attended Gates Grade School and graduated from Sargent High School in 1972. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before moving to Dawes County. Duane spent many hours working the family farm and thoroughly enjoyed any project that included driving equipment.
Jake worked for 34 years as a machinist for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, a job he was good at that afforded him the things in life he wanted for his family and himself. He worked to live - he didn't live to work.
After an 8-year chase, he finally consented to marriage with Sherie Daniels, and they eloped to Las Vegas to see the National Finals Rodeo. The radition continued every December for 14 years. He knew he was married that week but never remembered the date!
Duane planned a summer vacation on a yearly basis to take his Dad, Harry, and nephew, Calon, fishing wherever the fish were biting and he was always the camp cook! He was happiest on a boat on a lake looking for fish. He loved to tinker with his boat so it is set up to perfection for the consummate fisherman.
He also loved the challenge of playing poker anywhere with anyone and he took the good with the bad. After 19 hours at a stretch playing "Hold Em" in Las Vegas for him - "It was good".
Family meant everything to Duane. Sherie was the good luck in his life as she brought along a daughter that married and supplied the family with three granddaughters and another one on the way. He made sure he knew all of the news about his three "monsters" and nieces and nephew. In the past five years he really appreciated his Dad, who in his 80s could still climb in the boat and spend the day fishing. In fact, Duane spent his last few days of good health in South Dakota camping and fishing with his Dad.
Duane was a quiet person that put on a tough act and didn't speak unless he had something to say. He was also a story teller extraordinaire and he possessed more than his share of Hanlon wit. His captive audiences always had a good laugh.
Duane is survived by his wife, Sherie; daughter, Erin (Joe) Roberts of Vine Grove, Kent.; three granddaughters, Molly, Jolee and Emma; his father, Harry Jacobsen and stepmother Doris of Chadron; his sister, Cindi (Cody) Brinton and nieces Stephannie (Derek) Teini and daughters Kendall and Brinley of Laramie, Wyo., Amber Brinton and daughter, Hailee of Jackson, Wyo., and McKenna Brinton of Jackson, Wyo., and his sister, Jaci (Cameron) Cuttlers and Calon of Chadron; his wife's mother and stepfather, Mary and Ken Schott of Alliance, and numerous other nieces, nephews, in-laws, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Norene, and niece, Shandi.
He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. The family asks that any memorial gifts be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association or the University of Nebraska - Omaha Medical Center, Transplant Center.
Memorial services will be Friday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance. Father Lou Nollette will officiate. Wake services will be Thursday at 5 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com with Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 22, 2011