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Jerry L. Jakeway

Jerry Lee Jakeway, age 58, of Kadoka, died Sunday morning, November 12, 2006, at his residence southeast of Kadoka.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2006, at the Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music will be provided by Britni Ross, pianist, and Susan Davidson, vocalist. Ushers are Kelly Brown and Clay Hindman. Pallbearers are Donald Woolard, Marvis Letellier, Charlie Carlson, Mike and Alex Livermont, Jerry Grass, Gary Fredericksen and Bud Weller.

Interment will be in the Kadoka Cemetery, with Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Lee Jakeway was born May 20, 1948, on his parents' ranch southeast of Kadoka, the son of Charles and Sarah (Rooks) Jakeway. He grew up on the ranch and graduated from Kadoka High School in 1966. As a young man he enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. He served in the 1st Infantry Division and then served with the Robin Hood Assault Helicopters as a gunner. He was honorably discharged on January 11, 1970, with two purple hearts and a silver star.

He returned to Kadoka and was united in marriage to Debrah Horst on July 2, 1971, and to this union was born a daughter, Jenee. They made their home in Interior where Jerry worked for the railroad for seven years. He then moved to Kadoka where he worked for Burns Brothers Truck Stop for 20 years, as a mechanical technician.

Jerry met Diane Wilson on July 4, 1980, and they have been dedicated to each other since. Jerry was a dedicated father to Eliel and Jo Poor Bear. Their daughter, Laurie, was born May 24, 1982. After his retirement, they purchased a country home southeast of Kadoka, where they ranched and continued to reside. In June 2004, Jerry began working for the Jackson County Highway Department, as a truck driver and operator, a position he held until the time of death.

Jerry enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and also guided hunters. He loved spending time with his family and especially the grandchildren. Jerry was a member of the NRA and a member of the Robin Hood Military Club.

Grateful for having shared his life include his devoted companion, Diane Wilson of Kadoka; a son, Eliel Poor Bear and his wife, Jennifer, of Kadoka; three daughters, Jenee Jakeway Hightower of Rapid City, Laurie Jakeway of Kadoka, and Jo Poor Bear and Shane Thin Elk of Vermillion; nine grandchildren, Krisana Jakeway, Joardin Jakeway Hightower, Lynzee Jakeway Hightower, Shania, Cheyenne, Tristin, and T.J. Mallory, and Desmond Thin Elk, and Keaunna Poor Bear; his brothers, Williams Jakeway and his wife, Marilyn, of Wanblee, and Bud Jakeway and his wife, Sally, of Spearfish; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial has been established.