Sept. 7, 1929-March 13, 2019
DEER LODGE – Theodore “Ted” Fredrick Jacobson passed away Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019 from pneumonia at the BeeHive Homes of Butte where he had resided for nearly two years.
Ted was born to Fred and Della Jacobson on September 7, 1929 on the family homestead in the Deer Lodge Valley where he joined two sisters, Virginia and Eva, and a brother Bud. On Ted’s 7th birthday he received a special birthday present, his baby sister Joan. Ted and Joan remained close throughout their lifetimes.
Ted attended school at the Racetrack Schoolhouse, a mile from his home, and also the Deer Lodge Schools.
On March 16, 1952 Ted married Verna Bentley from Butte and two sons were born of that marriage, Jim and Tom. They later divorced.
Ted went into the ranching business with his dad and brother and in 1953 they formalized a partnership where they raised Hereford and Black Angus cattle and certified seed potatoes. The brothers separated their business partnership in 1969 and each continued ranching separately on neighboring ranches. Ted continued ranching through 2004. He was gifted with handling horses, catching and breaking wild horses. His kind, gentle spirit calmed the wild animals. He loved riding gaited Tennessee Walking Horses. Ted transitioned from a Black Angus herd of cattle to the Simmental breed which he helped introduce into Montana and the Deer Lodge Valley. He also did artificial insemination. He traveled showing cattle as well as advertising cattle at livestock shows throughout Montana, Colorado, and Canada. (Ted enjoyed listening to the song “I was Country before Country was Cool” and his son Jim pointed out that he was “black cows” before “black cows” were cool. Now that is pretty much all you see are black cows but that was not the case back when Ted, his dad, and brother first had them.)
Ted was Vice President of the Deer Lodge Bank & Trust from 1966-1968 where he assisted his brother Bud as President.
Ted met the love of his life Barb Nolte and they were married on March 17, 1986. Barb was a bonus package to him, because not only was she the love of his life, but he gained three more children, Gavin, Brett, and Heidi, who he loved and adored. Ted encouraged Barb to pursue her dream of nursing, and she became one of the best RN’s ever. He was very proud of her. Ted and Barb enjoyed traveling, and especially loved Hawaii.
Ted belonged to the Elks Lodge and the American Simmental Association. He loved family get-togethers which occurred often, not only holidays in the Jacobson family. He was close to all of his family. He would help anyone out. He especially had a kind spot in his heart for children, and helped many with their needs and educations. Ted was always a true gentleman, very kind and sweet, and had a heart of gold up to the moment he died. He loved music, and had a beautiful tenor voice that would give one goosebumps. Even with dementia setting in, he could remember every word to all of the old-time country songs as well as the Lord’s Prayer. Ted loved his God, his family, his friends, his Country, and Deer Lodge.
Thank you to the staff at BeeHive Homes for wonderful care and friendship, Frontier Hospice for your compassion and care, and Jim Gaskell for your companionship.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, wife Barb, step-son Gavin, sister Virginia, sisters and brothers-in-law Eva (Leon) Carmen (Oliver Touchette); Joan (John) Mollenberg; brother and sister-in-law Bud (Edna) Jacobson, and a special cousin Robert Evans who was his best friend.
Survivors include his sons, Tom Jacobson (Anchorage), Jim (Kelly) Jacobson (Anchorage), step-daughter Heidi (Chuck) Silzly (Boise), step-son Brett (Kristine) Nolte (Kuna, ID), grandchildren T.J. Jacobson, Jennifer Jacobson, Hunter Nolte, Gavin Nolte, Alli Jo Silzly, Randall Silzly, daughter-in-law Jo Ellen Jacobson, numerous nieces and nephews, and two special Deer Lodge nieces Debbie (Jeff Tamcke) Ehret and Lori (Mike) Johns, as well as a long-time friend Joe Heisdorf.
Jewell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Monday, March 18, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home, with a memorial service Tuesday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Deer Lodge. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Broken Arrow.
Memorials: Rialto Theatre, P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge 59722 or donor’s choice.