Jack Soesbe 1949 – 2019

FT. PIERRE, SD – It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Soesbe announce his passing. On Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, at the age of 69, after a heroic battle, Jack succumbed to cancer.

Jack was the youngest of five born to Glenn Francis and Edith Rose (née Audiss) Soesbe in Caney, Kansas on December 21st, 1949.

After losing his mother at a young age, Jack moved from Gregory SD, to Bonesteel SD, Fort Pierre SD, California and New Mexico, returning to South Dakota as a young teen.

Jack graduated from Stanley County High School in 1968. He went on to earn his Bachelors from South Dakota State University and later, his Masters from University of South Dakota.

On August 29th, 1970, Jack married his high school sweetheart, Cherie Stirling at Congregational United Church of Christ (currently known as Fort Pierre Congregational Church) in Fort Pierre.

In 1972, upon his graduation from South Dakota State University, Jack began 20 years of service as a dedicated military officer in the United States Army Ordnance Corp with duty stations in Texas, South Dakota, Colorado, Virginia, Alabama, and multiple stations in Germany.

Throughout his military service and travels, his South Dakota roots continued to be his grounding. Returning to live in Rapid City after his retirement.

Above all Jack treasured his family; including his wife, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, and many nieces and nephews. Jack was an avid rock-hound and could often be found searching rock piles for raw materials to polish and bring out its inner character. He was a fun-loving jokester who enjoyed fishing, hunting and the occasional colorful word.

Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Cherie (née Stirling), and their three children, Amber (Kevin Cauley), Kendra (Bryan Burke), and Brant (Lanore Pinto Soesbe), and two grandchildren, Ethan and Alasdair. Jack also leaves behind many other loving friends and relatives, including his brother Rodney Soesbe (Judy), and sisters Abbie Rathbun (Raymond) and Sheryl Hawkins (Jerry).

Jack is preceded in death by his mother, Edith Rose (née Audiss) Soesbe; father, Glenn Francis Soesbe; stepmother, Helen (née Agney) Soesbe; brother, Glenn Terry Soesbe; and nephews Douglas Glenn Soesbe and Michael Hawkins.

A funeral will be held in memory and celebration of Jack at Fort Pierre Congregational Church, 114 West Main Ave., Fort Pierre on Monday, July 1st, at 10AM. A burial will follow at Scotty Philip Cemetery in Fort Pierre.

Memorials in honor of Jack may be made to the nonprofits that supported his courageous journey, such as: The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Rochester, MN; and the Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo, Fort Pierre, SD (assisting people and families with cancer non-covered medical care and travel expenses) www.stirlingfamilyranchrodeo.com.