Ermal Jackson

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ST. PARIS - Ermal Jackson, 84, of St. Paris, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at 10:25 a.m. at Heartland of Piqua.
Born on 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 Corp. 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, 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 of 64 years, Mary I. (Friend) Jackson; a brother, Arnold (Ellie), of Urbana; and sister, Gertrude (the late Gene) Dixon of Springfield. Together they raised three sons: Ray (Candice), Ron (Becky), of St. Paris, and Randy (Cindy) of DeGraff.

He is also 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., and Karissa and Jayden Sanford, Katie and Kyle Jackson, Cody Jones and Floy Jackson, all of St. Paris.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St., St. Paris, with Pastor Harry Peterson presiding. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, N. Heck Hill Road, St. Paris.
Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice, 1081 Fairington Drive, Sidney, OH 45365, or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 38104, Urbana, OH 43078-1017. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.
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Published in Sidney Daily News on Oct. 30, 2012