Herbert R. Jackson

Herbert R. Jackson, longtime executive and former Quincy School Board president, passed away on Sunday (March 2, 2014) in Quincy.

Jackson was a trailblazer not only in business but also in the many civic activities he participated in.

Herb Jackson was born Jan. 28, 1933, in Quincy, the son of Russell and Myrtle Jackson. He was married to Norma J. Fields in Quincy. She died May 18, 2008.

He served in the Army from 1953 until 1955.

Herb was vice president for manufacturing at Quincy Compressor, a Division of Colt Industries. He spent 33 years at the company serving in many positions from purchasing agent, production scheduler and inventory controller and eventually the V.P. of manufacturing.

As an African American executive in Quincy, Jackson once said, "You have to recognize that that's the situation and only hope that at some point there will be others that have had the opportunity that you've had." He retired in 1998.

In his retirement years, Jackson chose to focus on education. Jackson was elected to the School Board for Quincy Public Schools, which was a first for an African American. After his term was up, Jackson was elected as president of the School Board, also a position never held by an African American. Jackson volunteered and served on boards for countless organizations including the YMCA, where he served as a mentor/tutor for young students.

Jackson was an outstanding three-sport athlete in Quincy High School. He graduated in 1951 and attended Greensboro A&T College in Greensboro, N.C., and the University of Illinois. He graduated from Culver-Stockton College in 1986 with a degree in business and economics.

One of Jackson's true passions was golf. He would often play with friends and family. Watching golf was equally as fulfilling. He traveled to the distinguished Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., on several occasions either with his wife, Norma, or his brother, Dale Jackson. Jackson's love of golf spread to his sons and grandkids, and they played together.

Jackson also loved reading good books, especially when they were about the Civil War era.

Jackson and his late wife, Norma, traveled the country often visiting their children, or traveled abroad. Some of their favorite spots were Paris and London.

Survivors include five children, Victoria (Kevin) Williams of Joliet, Keith (Sabreena) Jackson of Chicago, Yvette (Tony) Ringgold of Fox Lake, Jay Jackson of Waterloo, Iowa, and Kelly Jackson of St. Louis; eight grandchildren; his brother, Dale (Vivian) Jackson of Coralville, Iowa; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Herb was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Friday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Hailey. Inurnment will be in Greenmount Cemetery with military conducted by the Illinois Military Funeral Honors Detail.

VISITATION: Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

MEMORIALS: Quincy Public Schools Foundation, Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund or Blessing Foundation for Hospice.

ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com

Funeral Home

Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
1535 State Street Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-4907

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Mar. 4 to Mar. 6, 2014