James Lee Jackson, 65, of Troy, Ill., born August 21, 1950, in Wood River, Ill., passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 26, 2016, at his home, after a 19-month valiant battle against multiple myeloma.
Jim attended SIU-Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois University and was an educator for 30 years as an audio-visual director and social studies teacher in Edwardsville. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and riding his motorcycle. Jim especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. In his retirement years, he worked at Gas Mart in Troy and Bowl Haven in Alton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mary Ellen Jackson; sisters, JoAnn Dillon and Dona Wright; and brother, Ralph Jackson, Jr.
Surviving are his wife, Sharon, nee Kettenhofen, Jackson of Troy, Ill.; son, David (Amber) Jackson of Troy; grandchildren, Michael and Abigail; brother, Glen (Doreen) Jackson of Godfrey; brother-in-law, Ken Kettenhofen; sisters-in-law, Dolores (Harold) Dannenberg, and Joyce Kettenhofen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or
. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, Troy, Ill.
Funeral: Service will begin at noon, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the church. Private interment will be at St. Jerome Cemetery, Troy, Ill.
WOLFERSBERGER FUNERAL HOME, O'Fallon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 28, 2016