James Robert Jackson, age 88, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, February 27, 2013, at his home in Gladstone.
James was born January 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 WWII. Over the course of his enlistment, James received medals of accommodation which included; the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 2 bronze battle stars, 4 Overseas Service Bars, Good Conduct Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 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 eventually returned to Chicago where he worked for the United States Military until moving to Rock, MI 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, MI
Daughter: Janet Jackson of Gladstone, MI
Sister: Alice Dempsey of Azusa, CA
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 1 niece and 1 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.
John, Janet and Elaine….I’m sitting here in shock and sorrow upon reading that Jim has passed away. We are in Florida or Dolly and I
would surely be there in person to extend our very deep condolences. Jim was a very special person who we’ll always remember for his great sense of humor and great common sense as well. I can’t seem to find Jan or John’s e mail addresses. I hope you will receive this and know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love and Hugs,
Dolly & Al
Rapid River and Lake Worth FL
William Wilson - Safford, AZ
A very long time ago I went with my friend John Jackson to do a little fishing with his father, James in the U.P. I don’t remember catching any fish but it was a very pleasant afternoon on the lake. John kept it interesting by his unique casting style which involved yelling the word “DUCK” as a warning to keep your head down. James was calm as a cucumber but I was worried about getting my ears pierced with each cast.