Farming Rural 13

Jack D. McIntyre

July 2, 1929 ~ May 28, 2022 (age 92)


Jack McIntyre, 92, of Wolbach, died peacefully on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Matelyn Retirement Community in St. Paul. A private graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Wolbach, with Pastor Glenda Pearson presiding. Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church of Wolbach or the Wolbach Cemetery Association.


Jack Darwin McIntyre was born July 2, 1929, in a little farmhouse just north of Wolbach. He was the son of Milo RayMcIntyre and Danish immigrant JoHannah Mikkelsen McIntyre. The family soon moved farther north on the creek road, to the farmhouse Jack lived in for nearly fifty years. He was married to the love of his life for nearly seventy years, and lived for ninety-two years on the farm he loved, before moving to MatelynRetirement Community in St. Paul, in late 2021. He was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach.


When Jack was seven years old, his mother died suddenly. He was then lovingly raised by his father with the help of many, including the entire Wolbach community—he often said that everyone spoiled him.


Jack first attended School District 37, a one-room schoolhouse that sat near the family home on property donated by his grandfather. Later he rode his faithful horse Rex five miles into Wolbach to attend high school, meeting up with neighbor Frank Rother, who rode his mule. 


A sixteen-year-old high school graduate, Jack knew that he loved cattle and the farm, and he began farming with his father and his brother Glenn. He and Louise Mickelsen, the daughter of Danish immigrants, were united in marriage at Cushing Lutheran Church on May 28, 1950, and proceeded to farm and ranch together with gusto.  


Jack walked the fields behind a team as a young teenager, andcontinued to love mules and horses—especially Appaloosas and paints. He once listed by name over seventy horses and mules he had known throughout his life, describing each animals temperament and details of coloring, and when appropriate, which stall they had occupied in the barn.


Jack and Louise designed and built a new home on their farm in1979, overlooking a valley they farmed and loved. In celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary in 1990, they toured Europe, including Denmark, where they visited Jack’s mother’s family and Louise’s mother’s family. In 2003 they built a second new home just west of Wolbach, on their farm property that is bordered by Highway 22. They also enjoyed a tour of the Pacific Northwest, and hosted festive gatherings for their 50th and 60thwedding anniversaries.


Jack wrote in 2014 that what he was most proud of, and most thankful for, was what he called “The Six Accomplishments.” His six children. He is remembered by them as a gentle father, patient and kind. 


Loving farming, he was in no hurry to retire. In his seventies and eighties, though, he gradually spent more time with the love of his life and with his growing family. When Louise became seriously ill later in life, Jack devoted his days—and nights—to her care. Through his retirement years he became adept at email, texting, and Internet searches, and was well known for his lively Facebook conversations, brightening the day for so many. 


Jack will be deeply missed by his six children and their spouses, Larry and Debbie McIntyre of Wolbach; Connie McIntyre and Mike Reed of Seattle, Washington; Kathy and David Joynt of Doniphan, Nebraska; Julie and Rollie Rother of Wayne, Nebraska; Cindy and Mike Rother of Wolbach; and Jim and Michelle McIntyre of Lovettsville, Virginia; his twenty-four grandchildren; his thirty-five great-grandchildren; his sisters-in-law Helen Meyer of Colorado, June Wadas of Colorado, Dorothy (and Larry) Jones of Omaha; a multitude of nieces and nephews; and his special friend Arlene Meyer.


He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly seventy years; his parents; great-granddaughter, Madison Paige Frey; sisters, Lola Bryer, Frances Panowicz, and Minnie Dubas; brothers, Baby Boy (at birth), Glenn, Emmert (age three years), Oren, Milo Bernard, and Ted; sisters-in-law, Mary Killeen McIntyre, Evelyn Hurst McIntyre, Bonnie Perry McIntyre, and Densmer Smith McIntyre; Eva Larsen, Elda Miller, Mary Christensen, Pearl Mickelsen, Alyce Thayer Mickelsen, Lola Smith Mickelsen, Geraldine Mickelsen Hodges, Joy Glines, Lola Haggstrom Mickelsen, Ada Pedersen, and Ann Meyer; and brothers-in-law, Glen Bryer, Marion Panowicz, Leo Dubas,  Andy Larsen, Chester Miller, Elmer Christensen, Miner Mickelsen, Einer Mickelsen, Harold Glines, Earl (Bud) Mickelsen, Don Pedersen, Don Goering, Darwin Meyer, Dennis (age one week), Ray Meyer, and Ray Wadas.    



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