Harold Jackson, 86 of Delaware, died Saturday (May 4, 2013) at his home.
He was born March 22, 1927, in Wayne, W.Va., to Lucian and Mertie (Riggs) Jackson.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a sergeant near the end of World War II and also served as a sergeant in the Korean War in 1952 and 1953. He retired as an employee of the U.S. Store and meat manager at Buehler's. Harold enjoyed a full life. He loved to ride his Harley motorcycle and race cars in Columbus in his younger years. He was a pilot and enjoyed talking of the fun he had in his 86 years of life. He was a member and a devotional leader for over 40 years of the East Side Mission Church, which his family started. His love of flower gardening, family and friends was evident to all who visited. His main goal in life was to meet his Lord and Savior. He is not gone, he is finally home with Jesus waiting and rejoicing.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Twila (Yates) Jackson, two sons, Jerry (Mary Zelnik) of Columbus, Darryl of Delaware, two daughters, Brenda (Jim) Looney of Ostrander, Doris Penry of Radnor, stepchildren, Annette (Frank) Lane of Waldo, Jessie (Joe) Neville of Delaware, Maggie (Rob) Eurez of Ostrander, Terri (David) Johnson of Radnor, Bobby (Crystal) Yates of Richwood, special dear friends, Ragene Rinker and Donnie Kinnaird of Delaware, 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the love of his life, Leona Lloyd Jackson, a son, Terry, brothers, Earnest, Ray, Herman, Lester, Roy, Edgar and Glen, sisters, Della Dean and Meda Thompson and a stepgranddaughter, Jennifer Neville.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Side Mission Church where a celebration of life will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Pastors Donnie Akers and Dorsel Messick officiating, followed by burial in Radnor Cemetery where the Delaware County Veterans Association will conduct military honors. Contributions may be made to the East Side Mission Church Building Fund or to the family. Arrangements are in charge of Robinson Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at www.robinsonfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published in The Delaware Gazette on May 6, 2013