April 16, 1920 - July 31, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY MC Jackson, 93, passed away in his home July 31, 2013. He was born in Rouseville, PA on April 16, 1920, the sixth child of Arthur & Claire Jackson. Jackson served as a Staff Sergeant in the 570th Air Engineer 359 Air Serv Group, 313th Bomb Wing from April 14, 1942, until January 3, 1946, receiving a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, and WWII Victory Medal. On January 16, 1946, he married Thelma Patterson, of OKC. She preceded him in death after celebrating 61 years together. Jax worked 30 years as a sheet metal worker, receiving his 60-year membership pin from Local 124 Retiree Club in 2007. He loved to fish, hunt and go back home to visit family. He is survived by his daughters, Shelba & Bill Norris and Sharleen McCurry; grandchildren, Secret Rankin, and Chad & Lupe Redwine; great-grandchildren: Colton Rankin; Sophia, Stella and Isabella Redwine; all of Richmond, Texas; two siblings: Albert Brown, of South Carolina; and Theodore "Ted" Jackson, of Pennsylvania. He has numerous nieces and nephews, who knew him as Uncle Nee. His family would like to give a special thanks to his niece, Toni & Johnny Birdwell, Del City, OK, who assisted with his care; Ginny Osborn, his caregiver and daytime companion, and the comfort care staff; and Kenisha, B.G. and Melanie from Excel Hospice. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Resthaven Memory Gardens, 500 S.W. 104th, Oklahoma City, conducted by Chaplain Dylan Cole.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 3, 2013