Jack Aubrey Libolt passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on May 12, 2020.
He will always be remembered for his loving smile, his warm little chuckle and his unconditional love. When the family reflects over Dad’s life, words that come to mind are kind, humble, content, patient, quiet, loving, dependable, soft-spoken and honest.
Jack was born on the family homestead in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, on Aug. 24, 1927, the youngest of 10 children. He attended one-room country schools until he graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 1945 as one of 11 in his graduating class. He worked on the family ranch until joining the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served outside of Seoul, Korea, the years 1950-52 and was honorably discharged.
He returned home and married his wife, Gladys Schwahn, in 1955. He helped his brother on the family ranch for a short while, but soon moved to work as a hired ranch hand in Ridgeview, South Dakota. Jack and Gladys had two children before moving to Cody, Wyoming, and soon added two more to the family. He worked as a glazier and in a gypsum sheetrock plant for a few years before moving to Lynden to be closer to his brother Willis Libolt and sisters Lydia VanderPol and Mary Smith. He worked in the construction trade for a short time and then worked on the custodial staff for the Lynden School District for over 20 years at Lynden High School and Fisher Elementary School until retirement.
Jack loved to garden and we all shared in the bounty of his gift. He learned to garden from his mother, and he passed his passion down to his family. He was a handyman and taught us how to build and fix things and what it meant to be a dependable worker. He rarely missed a day of work and took pride in a job well done. He loved sports, especially baseball. He enjoyed watching the Seattle Mariners and his grandkids play all through Lynden Youth Sports and high school.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Clyde and Della Maude Libolt of Eagle Butte; siblings Bert (Laura) Libolt, Lorraine (Garrett) Likkel, Pearl (Lee) Konkler, Lydia (Harry) VanderPol, Eldon “Mike” Libolt, Leola (Wilbur “Gene”) Wright, Willis (Johanna) Libolt, Aleta (Ted) Minor and Mary (Harold) Smith.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Gladys Schwahn Libolt; son Les (Colette) Libolt of Seattle, daughter Peggy (Duke) Dykstra of Lynden, son Clyde (Gladys) Libolt of Lynden, and son Joe (Leora) Libolt of Birch Bay; grandchildren Amy Libolt of Seattle, Patrick Libolt of Seattle, Jackie (Jake) Abercrombie of Lynden, Brian (Vanessa) Dykstra of Lynden, Brenda (Chris) Marks of Everson, Nate (Lacey) Libolt of Lynden, Aaron Libolt of Spokane and Ben Libolt of Lynden; great-grandchildren Tony, Jayden, Roman and Jackson Libolt, Tate and Trent Dykstra, Taryn, Denten and Aidan Abercrombie, Weston Marks, and Boston, Keagan, Angus and Wyatt Libolt.
The family thanks the staff at both Meadow Greens and the Christian Health Care Center for their care and support of Jack.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lynden.
Private family services were held.
You may share memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com.