Derrien "Derry" James Jackson, 33, of Swansea, Ill., born Dec. 15, 1982, in Belleville, Ill., passed away in his home unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.
Derry was born on Dec. 15, 1982, to Laurie Jackson. He attended Signal Hill School, Belleville West High School, and proceeded to SWIC to receive his associate's degree. Derry later attended Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, where he graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's of science in anthropology with a primary focus in archeology. Derry's dream was to be highly mobile with the ability to work in different locations that would allow him to be involved in preservation of historical findings and studying of our society's culture. What Derry didn't anticipate was that there were more important dreams planned for him. On May 14, 2004, Derry welcomed his son, Zaine, into the world. From this day forward, Derry's only dream was for his son to know nothing less than unconditional love. He was an unbelievably proud father, and found that there was no greater accomplishment. Derry doubled down on this feeling, and welcomed his daughter, Persephone, on Nov. 9, 2011. From this point forward, Derry felt there was no greater achievement he could have, and his children became his purpose.
Derry had many talents. He was a very skilled artist and often spent hours of his free time sketching. Outside of art, he enjoyed reading and studying a vast range of subjects. When not confined to the inside for weather, Derry was passionate about nature and anything outdoors. He loved camping, hiking, swimming, and bike rides with his children.
Derry is survived by his mother, Laurie Jackson of Carson City, Nev., (formerly of Belleville); his two greatest accomplishments and wonderful children, Zaine Lee Kirsch-Jackson and Persephone Rose Kirsch-Jackson; a brother, Joel Habermehl of Brentwood, Mo., (formerly of Belleville); a sister and brother-in-law, Alyson and Michael Cowan of Rolla, Mo., (formerly of Belleville); along with countless aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was also very excited to become an uncle this coming summer.
The family would like to thank Lake View Funeral Home for their compassion and guidance during this difficult process.
Memorials are appreciated to the family and will be used for his children's education and can be made out to Alyson Cowan. Memories and expressions of condolences may be made at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill.
LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 30, 2016