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Jack J. Bankson Obituary
Jack J. Bankson

1923 ~ 2014

Jack J. Bankson was born 90 years ago on November 4, 1923 in Centerville, Iowa. His mother Beatrice preceded him in death. Jack passed away Wednesday, July 9th. 2014 due to heart failure. He was married to Barbara Bankson for 64 years. Barbara passed away in April of 2013 from complications of Dementia and Alzheimer's. Jack is survived by his three sons and their wives, Ford Lee and Trudi, Ken J. and Maureen, Arthur B. and Mickey. Jack is also survived by his grand children, Dana, Jay, and James as well as their spouses. His great grand children are Conner, Addison, Kendall, Kailey, Haylie, and Jacob. Jack enlisted in the Army in the California National Guard's 184th Infantry Regiment right before World War 11 broke out. He was 17 years old when his Army Unit was shipped to the South Pacific to island hop and fight the Japanese. He spent the next 5 years fighting and participated in the battles of the Aleutian Islands, Marshall Islands, Leyte in the Philippines', and finally the large battle of Okinawa. Jack was extremely proud of his service to his country and flew an American Flag 24 hours a day. He spent over 50 years in the radio broadcasting business as an Announcer, Sales Manager, and Radio Station Manager. He managed radio stations in Seattle and San Francisco for the singing cowboy and movie star Gene Autry.

Jack donated his body to medical science and was cremated. There will not be a formal service. His ashes will be spread in the Columbia River in Southern Washington later this summer. His ashes will flow to the Pacific Ocean and will end up in the South Pacific.... And he will finally reunite with his fallen Army comrades from the War. Family will attend to say their goodbyes.

He had a full and wonderful life with his loving wife Barbara and his extended family. He will be SALUTED and missed by many. Donations are welcome to HONOR FLIGHT ARIZONA, P.O. Box 12258, Prescott, AZ. 86304.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 27, 2014
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