Jacob “Jake” Henry Popp

Thursday, October 15, 2020
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Jacob Popp, age 85, of Glendive passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at the Wibaux Nursing Home in Wibaux.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church in Glendive with Pastor Brenda Frelsi officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson County Cemetery in Glendive. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Jacob “Jake” Henry Popp was born February 24, 1935 in Billings, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Popp. His parents were Germans who immigrated from Russia. Jake was the youngest boy, raised in a large family with five sisters and three brothers. Jake was raised in Billings, and spent his time in North Park, near his home.

Jake met his bride, Carol Knaus, at a roller-skating rink in Billings. They united in marriage on June 21, 1953 and to this union five children were born: David Lee, Gregory Alan, Elizabeth Ann, Paula Eiline and Janette Colleen. The family expanded with the addition of Laurie, Shelly, David, Steve and Doug, his daughters and sons-in-law, whom he loved like his own children.

Jake and Carol raised their family in Glendive, moving there in October of 1959. It was their intent to move back to Billings in one year. That move never occurred and Glendive became their home. Jake loved to tinker around the garage and barn, and was a constant lecturer to his children about safety. It earned him the title “Safety Jake.”

Jake worked the majority of his career at a lumberyard until retiring, and later at Eastmont. His time at the lumberyard made him into a handyman, like no other. There was really nothing he couldn’t build or fix. Jake was active in the community as a member of Zion, the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, Little League Baseball, Boy Scouts, and the Zion Furniture Room. Jake was an avid Red Devil fan, seldom missing any sporting event.

His son Greg penned a great description, “As the years have gone by, we have learned from Jake’s values and virtues that are becoming hard to find in people today. Integrity does matter. Love of family. You don’t have to raise your hand against your wife or children. You can have a job that lasts for years. Marriages are meant to last. You can be honest and faithful to your family. You can have a good life and live within your means. You can be fair to all your children. Your children do come first. Life is a lot more fun with colorful characters in it. Dad was one of those colorful characters. We need more people like him.” His humor will be missed most of all. He taught his children to laugh. The greatest gift of all.

Jake was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Fred, Dan, Herman, Lydia, Ruth, Joann and Irene (Betty).

Jake is survived by his loving wife, Carol; his children; grandchildren, Erin (Keith) Molyneaux, Ryan Popp, Jacob Popp, Sarah Popp, Drew Turner, Katie “Bo” Descheemaeker, Hannah Bogar, Carson Bogar, Addison Marx, and Regan Marx; step-grandchildren, Callista, Casey, Ron, and Al; his great-grandchildren, Paige Haworth, Alex Haworth, Luke Molyneaux, Owen Molyneaux and Paxton Descheemaeker; his sister, Jean Short; sister-in-law, Honey Jo Popp; and numerous nieces and nephews including the beloved Burgers.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.