Edward Nelson Jackson

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The memorial service for Edward Jackson will be held Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Island, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Kip Groettum will officiate. 

Mr. Jackson, 87, a resident of Pine Island, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

Edward Nelson Jackson was born Dec. 18, 1925, to Bela and Myrtle (Shelp) Jackson in Endicott, N.Y. He grew up in Nichols, N.Y. On Feb. 4, 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged from active duty Dec. 30, 1945. Ed was in the Pacific Theater as a turret gunner of Navy squadrons VT(N) 53, 63 and 43. While on leave after the attack on the USS Saratoga, he married his sweetheart, Mildred Joyce Sherwood, on May 24, 1945, in Apalachin, N.Y. On June 26, 1946, Ed graduated from Union-Endicott High School and entered Syracuse University in mechanical engineering. He was employed as a tool and die maker on Jan. 22, 1951, by IBM Endicott. In 1957, the family moved to Pine Island, raising their five eldest children. In 1977, Ed transferred to IBM Boca Raton, Fla., and two years later to IBM in Austin, Texas, where Ed retired in 1987. The Jacksons returned to Zumbrota, where the two adopted sons were raised. Texas was home until Ed and Mildred returned to Pine Island in 2010. 

Ed enjoyed tennis, music, fishing, woodworking and giving "life" lessons.

Edward is survived by six sons, David (Jeanne) of Arlington, Texas, Joseph (Lowellene) of Pine Island, James E. (Sandra) of Grantsburg, Wis., Mark (Geraldine) of Santee, Calif., James A. (Heidi Miller) of Oshkosh, Wis., and Robert (Ashley Imes) Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Debra Gallagher of Temple, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eva Schoppe, of Tampa, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2011, two brothers, William and Joseph S., and two sisters, Margaret and Sarah Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Island, Pine Haven Care Center Building Fund or Seasons Hospice.

Published in The Post-Bulletin on Nov. 18, 2013
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