Bob J. Jackson, 62, of 1432 E. 1500th St., died at 5:19 p.m. Thursday (July 10, 2014) in Barnes Jewish Hospital. Bob was born Sept. 29, 1951, in Quincy, a son of Leon H. and Zelma Kendrick Jackson. In 1953, upon his father's death, he was adopted by his uncle and aunt, Estel Owen and Mavis Eloise Kelly Jackson. Bob married Deborah Emery on June 12, 1976, in Taylor, Mo. He later married Vickie Wiesemann Klutz in Quincy on Aug. 1, 1992. Both survive. Bob farmed for many years with his father, Estel, who was a prominent livestock breeder of Polled Hereford and Salers cattle. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator at the Adams County Highway Department, retiring in May 2011. He was the owner/operator of A-1 Firewood and, since retiring, enjoyed farming with his son-in-law, Brandon Gerard in Pittsfield. He was a member of Teamster Local 916. Bob loved life and spending time with his family and grandchildren and his beloved yellow lab, Rusty. Survivors include his wife, Vickie Jackson, of Quincy; three children, Miranda (Brandon) Gerard of Pittsfield, Ashley Klutz of Springfield and Brennan (Brittany) Klutz of Jacksonville, currently deployed in Kuwait; three grandchildren, Molly Jeanne Gerard, Lily Marie Gerard and Owen Jackson Gerard, all of Pittsfield; five brothers, George (Betty) Jackson of Knoxville, John (Jane) Jackson of Berwick, Richard (Linda) Jackson of East Galesburg, Kenneth (Sue) Jackson of Nunnelly, Tenn., and Terry (Lorma) Jackson of Rio; and four sisters, Patricia (Clarence) Bishop of Monmouth, Maybelle (Ray) Ostrander of Augusta, Doris (Charles) Swise of Canton and Bonnie (Larry) Smith of Liberty. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Zelma Jackson; his adoptive parents, Estel and Mavis Jackson; a brother, Wayne E. Jackson; and four sisters, Betty Chase, Janet Jackson, Evelyn Doyle and Ruth Bowker. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, in Vermont Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Barker conducting. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. MEMORIALS: Liberty Future Farmers of America or Quincy Humane Society. ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
1535 State Street
Quincy, IL 62301
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 13 to July 15, 2014