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James Jackson Obituary
Jackson, James
1926 - 2018
James Jackson, age 91, left this world peacefully Monday, April 2, 2018. Born on November 20, 1926 in Neffs, Ohio, he was the son of Roland and Helen Jackson. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Joseph, Robert and Betty. Jim is survived by Gwen, his wife of 70 years; his children, Mark (Pam), Beth (Bruce Garfield), Brent (Patti) and his four grandchildren, Sarah (Jeff) Caldwell, Rebecca, Abigail, and Harrison; great grandson, Benjamin Caldwell; and extended family. Jim enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and served in World War II from 1944 to 1946. Upon his return from the war, he met and fell in love with Gwen. The couple married and moved to Columbus, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University before beginning his more than 28 year career at Lazarus Department Stores. He had his children's dream job of being the toy buyer; bringing the world's best array of toys to the City of Columbus. Jim travelled the world extensively searching for unique and one of a kind toys and games. Jim was a long time active member of Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Grandview Heights. He served as an usher and was very involved in the beautification and landscaping of the church. Neighbors and friends recall the extensive landscaping and gardens he maintained at their family home on Wyandotte Road in Grandview. The couple enjoyed travel with their close friends and had a special fondness for New Mexico. He loved animals and over the years the family had multiple dogs, cats, hamsters, chickens, ducks, a pig and quail. He led many spirited Indian Guide retreats with his sons and was very involved with the Bobcat Boosters. Over the past ten years, Jim and Gwen enjoyed the Walkers and Talkers Club at Tuttle Mall. He is perhaps most fondly recalled for his sense of humor; kind spirit and love and dedication to his family. Please join us for a celebration of his life on Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. at Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1235 Northwest Boulevard, Grandview Heights. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Jim's favorite causes - a homeless shelter of your choice; The Capital Area Humane Society or Boulevard Presbyterian Church. Family has entrusted SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL with arrangements, please visit www.schoedinger.com to share a special memory or sign Jim's online guest book.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Apr. 6 to May 4, 2018
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