Jake T. Longbrake


Funeral services for Jake T. Longbrake, 24, of Eagle Butte, were Tuesday, May 27, at 9:00 a.m., MDT, at the Eagle Butte High School Auditorium with Mother Margaret Watson and the Episcopal Lay Readers officiating. Burial was at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday. Serving as casketbearers were Cody Allen, Kadyn Drew, Luke Farlee, Tate Fischer, Ty Traversie, Lonny Lesmeister, Spencer Peterson, Kyle Pickner, Austin Schneiders, Jared Schrempp, Roy Veit and Todd Weintjes. An all-night wake began with services at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the school gymnasium. Jake passed away May 19, 2014, in Eagle Butte.www.stoutfamilyfh.com Jake Tobee Longbrake was born on February 23, 1990, in Eagle Butte, S.D., to Delbert and Mona (Marcelle) Longbrake. He was raised on the Nordvold Ranch on Abear 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 just 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 Haskell 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 35th EN BN 2nd Platoon “Punishers” and graduated from basic training in August 2008 from Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. Jake returned to finish his senior year graduating with C-EB’s Class of 2008. After graduation, Jake returned to Fort Leonardwood 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 became 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 year 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 and South Dakota. He had recently begun work for Keller’s Construction. 

The adventurous ways that Jake developed in his childhood continued right into his adult life where his experiences became really “wiiild” as “Uncle” 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, Arizona, Kel (Stephanie) of Pierre and KC of Eagle Butte. His nephews Lane Longbrake of Belle Fourche; Jayden and Jackson Taken Alive of McLaughlin; Kelby Longbrake of Pierre and niece Kessa May Longbrake of Pierre. His grandparents Pete Longbrake of Dupree; Faye Longbrake of Eagle Butte and Russell & Mary Garrett of Tucson, Arizona; his uncles Jake (Cindy) Longbrake of Dupree, Bud Longbrake of Dupree, Marty Pavatea of Browning, Montana. His aunts Charlie (Harlen) Bradshaw of Douglas, Wyoming and Monti Pavatea of Browning, Montana. His great uncles Robert and Alan Eagleman of Eagle Butte, Moses Traversie of Mission, Stewart Eagleman of Cumberland, WI, and Turk Cobell of Valier, Montana. His great aunts Carol, Wanda, and Eva Cobell of Browning, Montana and Linda Alexander of Dallas, Texas. As well his extended families including the Longbrakes, Nordvolds, Cobells, LeBeaus and Traversies. 

Jake was preceded in death by his grandfathers Earl Marcelle, great-grandpas Neil Traversie and Joseph Eagleman, Sr., Alvin Cobell and great-grandmas Liberty Cobell and Helmina Traversie. 
I ain’t here for a long time, I’m here for a good time – Uncle’s out!!!


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