Michael Mike Jackson, age 48, of Cedar Point, Kansas, died January 10, 2013, at his home. A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, January 13, 2013, at 2:00 P.M., at the Chase County Elementary School in Strong City, Kansas. Pastor Warren Olson of the Elmdale United Methodist Church will conduct the service with assistance from Rev. Russ Magaw. A family interment will be held at the Cedar Point Cemetery near Cedar Point, Kansas. The son of Laird Larry and Marjorie McAuliffe Jackson, Mike was born September 24, 1964, in Emporia, Kansas. He graduated from Chase County High School in 1983. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1988 with a Bachelor s Degree in Agricultural Economics. He was an accomplished team roper throughout high school and continued to compete on the K-State Rodeo Team. He and Mary L. Wilson were married June 10, 1989, in Oberlin, Kansas. Mike had joined his father, Larry Jackson, in the family business, El Jay Cattle Co. He was a cattleman and later a district feed salesman for Vigortone Ag Products and Cargill Nutrena. He was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer fireman with the Cedar Point Fire Department and served on the Chase County Fair Board and Cedar Point City Council. Mike, also, served as the Chase County Kansas Livestock Association Director and was a 4-H Leader. He was a founding member of the Chase County High School Bulldog Booster Club and was instrumental in expanding the CCHS weight room. Mike had a sharp wit and a great sense of humor. He found his greatest joy in being a tremendous father to his three sons and a wonderful husband to his wife. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of the home; three sons: Coleman Laird, Clayton Ralph, and Garrett Michael Jackson, of the home; his mother, Marjorie Jackson of Cedar Point; and a sister, Marsha Lynn Jackson of Cedar Point. He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Ralph and Flossie Jackson of Cedar Point and Joseph and Mary McAuliffe of Princeton, Kansas. The family will meet friends Saturday, from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Friends may call Saturday from 3:00 until 6:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mike Jackson Scholarship Fund, to be awarded to graduates of Chase county High School, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Jan. 12, 2013