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Herbert Jackson, age 96, of Wausau, formerly of Wisconsin Rapids, died on April 20, 2012 at Aspirus Hospice House in Wausau, WI.

Herb was born on December 28, 1915, in the Town of Seneca to the late Martin and Louise (Kurz) Jackson. He married Eunice Bodmer on June 18, 1949 in Madison, WI.

Herb graduated with honors from UW Madison with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville, TN and in Waynesville, NC from 1949-1954 in the Hydraulic Data Branch. He worked for the State of Indiana in 1955 and 1956 in the Flood Control and Water Resources Commission. He returned to Wisconsin Rapids in February 1956 to work for Consolidated Papers Inc. as a Structural Engineer for 31 years, retiring on December 31, 1987. He worked on capital improvement projects in all of their divisions during his employment at Consolidated.

Herb was an Army Veteran of WWII, the Korean War, and the Berlin Crisis. He served in WWII from October, 1940 to February 1946 with the 129th Field Artillery Battalion, 32nd Infantry Division in the S.W. Pacific Theatre. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Australia. He was awarded four Battle Stars for action against the Japanese in New Guinea, two Battle Stars for action on Leyte and Luzon in the Phillipines, a Bronze Star, the Presidential Unit Citation and several other citations. At the close of WWII he was a Captain.

Herb was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, serving in 1952 and 1953. He was assigned to the Korean Military Advisory Group (KMAG) as an artillery advisor to the Korean Army. He served with the 90th Field Artillery Battalion, a South Korean Unit, in the Central Zone, North of the 38th parallel.

He was awarded a citation from the South Korean government for his service with the Korean Army. He was also recalled to active duty at Fort Lewis, WA, with the 32nd Division during the Berlin Crisis. He completed his military service as the Commander of the 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery Battalion in the Wisconsin Rapids Unit of the National Guard.

Herb was a lifetime member of the 32nd Division Veterans Association, the Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point Red Arrow Clubs and the National VFW Association.

Herb and his wife Eunice loved to travel. They went to Europe a number of times, and to every other continent in the world at least once. They loved to play golf, bridge, and enjoyed photography. Herb was a member of the First Congregational Church in Wisconsin Rapids, having served on most of its boards and as moderator of the congregation. He was also an active participant in the South Wood County YMCA.

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Eunice; one son Thomas (Susan) Jackson of Wausau; three grandchildren Heather (Adam) Rogge of Bloomer, Eli (friend Melissa Foth) Jackson of LaCrosse, and Abby Jackson of Minneapolis; and three great-grandsons Evan, Seth, and Ashton Rogge of Bloomer.

One son, Douglas preceded Herb in death in 1994. In addition, Herb's brothers Carl, Henry, Martin Jr., Walter, George, John, and Robert, and sisters Clara, Gertrude, and Dorothy all preceded him in death.

Herb was a patriotic citizen, a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather with a positive attitude, and warm, likeable personality. He had a good sense of humor and enjoyed many great friendships both locally and around the world. He will often be remembered for his many colorful stories.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the First Congregational Church - UCC, 321 3rd St. S., Wisconsin Rapids, 54494. Rev. Paul Veldman will officiate. Entombment will be at Forest Hill Mausoleum in Wisconsin Rapids. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church in Wisconsin Rapids.

Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on May 1, 2012
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