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icon Alfred L. Jackson, 91, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and beloved husband of the late Evelyn (nee Nuernberger) for 53 years died peacefully in his bed, Wednesday November 21, 2012. He was born in Chicago to the late Ida and Julian Jackson. They moved to Evanston where they raised Alfred and his late brother Edward. As a young man he began his lifetime involvement, of over 75 years, with the Boy Scouts and achieved his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. In 1942, he received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. Following college, he went straight into the Army as part of the 87th Infantry Division (Golden Acorn) as a Lieutenant in Field Artillery in Germany. At the end of the war he assisted in rebuilding and stabilizing Germany, during that time he met his wife-to-be, Evelyn. It was love at first sight. They married in 1947 and made their home in Evanston. Alfred continued to serve in the Army reserves and became a Lieutenant Colonel. While working and raising a family, he attended night school and earned his M.B.A. from Northwestern University (1957) and was ranked #1 in his class. He was a successful small business owner of a chemical warehouse and was elected as President of the American Warehousemen's Association. Alfred believed in giving back to the community and was a leader within the Evanston 4th of July Association, for over 30 years, serving as President, Celebration Manager and Trustee. Alfred continued to use his leadership skills mentoring many young men in the Boy Scouts and was awarded: Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, Scouters Key, Scouters Training Award, Order of the Arrow, James E. West Fellowship Award and Arrowhead Honor. He became a member of the Purdue Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 1996. He was active in the Purdue and Northwestern Alumni associations, was Precinct Captain and enthusiastic member of the Republican Party. He donated blood every two months for over 60 years. Alfred and his family hosted many fun gatherings at their house in Evanston including an annual 4th of July Party where he proudly displayed an extremely large United States flag in the front yard. He loved singing, dancing, playing bridge, as well as enjoying music and the theater. Alfred was a dedicated and loving supporter of his children and grandchildren, a mentor to many people and an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the community. Alfred is survived by his 5 children; Dorothy (Winslow), Walter (Myra), Robert (Betty), David (Margie) and Richard (Cheryl); 12 grandchildren. Services will be held Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Av., Evanston, IL 60201. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes-9575 Aero Drive #B, San Diego, CA 92123, www.s4ea.org or to: Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Illinois Council-2745 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
Published in Chicago Tribune on Dec. 9, 2012
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