Peder Gor­don Ja­cob­sen, 78, for­merly of Stone Ridge

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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