GLADSTONE - James Robert Jackson, 88, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, Feb. 27, 2013, at his home in Gladstone.
James was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Chicago, the son of Robert and Lucille (Anderson) Jackson. He was raised in Chicago and attended the Chicago schools. Following school, James enlisted in the United State Army and served with the Americal Division throughout World War II. Over the course of his enlistment, James received medals of accommodation which included: the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two bronze battle stars, four Overseas Service Bars, Good Conduct Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze battle star.
On June 26, 1943, James was united in marriage to the former Elaine Lorvig and together the couple raised two children, John and Janet.
James Robert Jackson
James eventually returned to Chicago where he worked for the United States Military until moving to Rock in 1959. He remained in Rock and worked at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base as a Supervisor of Supply until 1983. At which time, James and Elaine moved to Gladstone where they have remained since. James was an enlisted soldier in the United States National Guard until 1960. He enjoyed fishing, hunting rabbits and was a lifelong coin and stamp collector. In addition, James was proud to be an upstanding Republican. He will be deeply missed.
James leaves to survive, his loving wife of 70 years, Elaine; son, John Robert Jackson of Ann Arbor, Mich.; daughter, Janet Jackson of Gladstone; sister, Alice Dempsey of Azusa, Calif.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Rick) Neal, Jeffrey (Kate) Jackson, Elena (Phil) Gorrow, Jason (Yvonne) Jackson, James R. (Dolly) Jackson II, and Jena (Tristan Penokie) Jackson; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Zachary Neal and Inara Jackson
Also listed among the surviving family is one niece and one nephew.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lucille.
Visitation and military rites, conducted by the Perkins American Legion, will be held privately at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. James will be laid to rest in the Rock Cemetery. At the request of the Jackson family, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be offered to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Envelopes will be available at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County.
The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Jackson family with arrangements. Messages of condolence to the Jackson family may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.