Peder Gordon Jacobsen, 78, formerly of Stone Ridge
Peder Gordon Jacobsen, formerly of Stone Ridge, died in his sleep early in the morning on Nov. 9, 2016, next to his wife, whom he had loved for over 60 years, and their three dogs.
His unexpected death was hard on his family and friends, but it suited him. Pete was a morning person who didn’t waste words. A left-handed creative character, he often thought outside the box and fit a lot into his 78 years. The fifth of Agnes and Arne’s six children, he grew up in Krumville, N.Y. He spent many of his summers fishing for salmon in the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean near Port Angeles, Wash., on his dad’s boat, the Ictar. He met Marie Wallevik, who lived in the Vly area outside of Stone Ridge, when he was 17, and they began dating. Despite falling off one of her horses and getting a concussion (he neglected to say he was a novice before they raced down the dirt roads) he spent the following two summers as a cowboy on a ranch in Colorado with his good friend George before marrying Marie and building their house in the Vly. His 30 years working on small oil tankers with a schedule of two weeks on and two weeks off allowed him time to do what he enjoyed: hiking, camping and fishing in the Adirondacks, woodworking, cooking, reading, and all sorts of odd jobs for friends and family. Sandwiched around the years on the boats, Pete was a carpenter who, in his own words, could fix anything but a broken heart or the crack of dawn. Pete and Marie put thousands of miles on rental cars during their two trips exploring the Western states, but chose to stay on the East Coast after retirement. They found a house in a secluded spot in the slightly warmer climate of Wellington, Ky., in 2007. Pete spent most mornings on their wrap-around deck watching the sunrise over their neighbor’s rolling fields inhabited by yaks and alpacas.
He is survived by his wife; his son, John (and Diane) of Stone Ridge and their children Kristen, Kara, and Erik; his daughter, Julie Decker of Stone Ridge and her children, Morgan and Jenna; his daughter, Janine Sprague (and Ed) of Kerhonkson and their sons, Logan, Tanner, and Jadin; as well as many nieces and nephews and their children.
A memorial service will be held at a future date, but in the meantime, do as Pete did: make someone laugh, whistle a tune, make something for someone you love, go fishing, or go take a hike.