Jake Tobee Longbrake

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February 23, 1990 – May 19, 2014.

Funeral services for Jake T. Longbrake, 24, of Eagle Butte were Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School Auditorium. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis. Jake passed away May 19, 2014 in Eagle Butte. Jake Tobee Longbrake was born on February 23, 1990 in Eagle Butte 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. His activities included AAU wrestling, basketball, boxing, cross country, football, student council, track, and the Upward Bound Program. He was 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, whom 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. His friends’ families came to expect that Jake may just show up 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 at Fort Leonardwood, MO. 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 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 year-long deployment. Jake enrolled in the Power Lineman program at Mitchell Tech and graduated in May, 2013. He took a job with Timberline Company working in North and South Dakota. He had recently begun work for Keller’s Construction. 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, AZ, Kel (Stephanie) of Pierre and KC of Eagle Butte; nephews Lane Longbrake of Belle Fourche, Jayden and Jackson Taken Alive of McLaughlin, and Kelby Longbrake of Pierre; niece Kessa May Longbrake of Pierre; his grandparents Pete Longbrake of Dupree; Faye Longbrake of Eagle Butte and Russell and Mary Garrett of Tucson, AZ; his uncles Jake (Cindy) Longbrake of Dupree, Bud Longbrake of Dupree, Marty Pavatea of Browning, MT; his aunts Charlie (Harlen) Bradshaw of Douglas, WY and Monti Pavatea of Browning, MT; his great-uncles Robert and Alan Eagleman of Eagle Butte, Moses Traversie of Mission, Stewart Eagleman of Cumberland, WI, and Turk Cobell of Valier, MT; grea-aunts Carol, Wanda, and Eva Cobell of Browning, MT and Linda Alexander of Dallas, TX; as well his extended families including the Longbrakes, Nordvolds, Cobells, LeBeaus, and Traversies. Jake was preceded in death by his grandfather Earl Marcelle, greatgrandpas Neil Traversie, Joseph Eagleman, Sr. and Alvin Cobell; and great-grandmas Liberty Cobell and Helmina Traversie.
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