ST. PARIS - Ermal Jackson, 84, of St. Paris, passed away at 10:25 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in the Heartland of Piqua. Born Oct. 22, 1928, in Johnson County, Ky., Ermal was a son of the late Henry and Zella (Blanton) Jackson.
He served in the 136th Battery C of the Ohio National Guard from 1948-1951. Ermal held many jobs, including those at Gum Products, Wood Shovel and Tool, Waco and Stolle. He retired from Stolle Corporation in 1990. He was active in the St. Paris Lions Club for several years and The Gideon International. He attended St. Paris Church of the Nazarene and the Assembly of God in Sidney. Ermal ran the Kiser Lake Sportsman's club in the 1960s and 70s. He enjoyed trap shooting and antique cars; he was a member of the Champaign Cruisers and was a past member of the Dayton Buckeye Model A Ford Club.
He and Mary hosted reunions for family and friends for more than 30 years. Ermal was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Mary I. (Friend) Jackson, to whom he was married for 64 years; a brother, Arnold (Ellie) of Urbana; and sister, Gertrude (the late Gene) Dixon of Springfield. Together he and Mary raised three sons, Ray (Candice) and Ron (Becky) of St. Paris and Randy (Cindy) of DeGraff. He is survived by grandchildren, Brent (Shelley) Jackson and Kristin Sanford of St. Paris, Ted Jackson (Keith Southam) of Chicago, Paul (Beverly) Jackson of St. Paris, Tyler (Kari) Jackson of Rosewood and Nathan Jackson of Sidney; eight great-grandchildren also survive, Leina Davis of Kettering, Ross Davis of Sacramento, Calif., Karissa and Jayden Sanford, Katie and Kyle Jackson, Cody Jones and Floy Jackson, all of St. Paris.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St., St. Paris, with Pastor Harry Peterson presiding. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, North Heck Hill Road, St. Paris.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice, 1081 Fairington Drive, Sidney, Ohio 45365, or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 38104, Urbana, Ohio 43078-1017. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com