MANISTIQUE - Joseph F. Jackson, 87, of 133 S. Second St., Manistique, Mich., died Oct. 2, 2012, at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique.
He was born Feb. 19, 1925, in Manistique, the son of Joseph and Mary (Mersnick) Jackson and was a lifetime resident of the area. He attended Manistique area schools.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre. He was a squad leader with the 110th Infantry Regiment in the 28th Division, serving in England, France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany. He was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart medal, the Bronze Star medal and the Good Conduct medal.
After serving in the military, Joe sailed on the Great Lakes, worked at Brown's Dimension in Manistique, and at Hoholik's Plumbing and Heating for 25 years. He was also a boilermaker and later worked on his own.
On Oct. 9, 1948, he married the former Kathleen A. Curran in Manistique. They made their home and raised their family in Manistique.
Joe was a member of the Schoolcraft V.F.W. Post 4420 of Manistique. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin on Smith Lake and also hunting, fishing, gardening and reading.
Joe is survived by his wife, Kathleen A. Jackson of Manistique; daughters, Nancy (Gary) Demers of Manistique, Mary (Keith) Rochefort of Cooks and Polly (Jeff) Champeau of Green Bay, Wis.; son, Joseph Jackson of Holland, Mich.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Ronald (Eleanor) Jackson of Manistique and James (Janice) Jackson of Manistique; sister, Denise (Robert) Maderich of Minneapolis, Minn.; along with nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Jackson; a brother, Russell Jackson; and a sister, Ruth Jackson.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Lakeview Cemetery in Manistique with Pastor Darrel Pizzala officiating.
Memorial donations may be directed to the St. Francis de Sales School Tuition Fund or to the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility Special Needs Unit.
The Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with the arrangements.