Jack Van Pelt (“Papa Jack”), 68, of Forsyth, MT passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Jack was born on May 13, 1953, to Charles Van Pelt and Marjorie Van Pelt in Clarkston, Washington. Jack graduated from Asotin High School in 1972. In 1973 he enlisted in the Army National Guard in Washington. He transferred to Montana in 1975 where he began working for Combustion Engineering in Colstrip. On January 3, 1977 he married the love of his life, Sandra Jakobi. Later, he began his career with Burlington Northern Santa Fe and retired after 38 years of service.
Jack adored spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting and baseball. He coached baseball for nearly 18 years, coaching multiple teams in the same season. His sportsmanship, mentorship, and influential impact for those in his company landed him the title of “Papa Jack.” His passion for his family was best demonstrated by taking his children/grandchildren to the shooting range, teaching them gun safety and attending their sporting events. He loved to travel to watch his grandkids wrestle or cheer, often driving hours to show his unwavering support. His presence was always with us; even when he was sitting in the car and waiting patiently for everyone to get finished.
He was preceded in death by his son Jason, his fathers’ Charles Van Pelt and Bob Wilson, his mother Marjorie Lynch Wilson and stepmother Gene Van Pelt. He is survived by his wife, Sandi Jakobi Van Pelt and four sons: Mike (Tab), Casey (Windy), Shane (Catherine), and Jeremy (Peggy). Four siblings survive: Terry (Maria), Judy (Steve), Belinda, and Rob (Tracie), Additionally, survived are his eleven grandchildren: Wyatt, Jase, Hayden, Payten, Simeon, Ava, Christina, Shane Jr, Jonathan, Tyler, and Taylor. A brother-in-law: Dennis Kenney, sister-in-law: Chyrel McKee (Bruce), along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday August 14th at 2:00 pm at the Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth, MT.