Robert Alexander Jackson passed away on April 30, 2020 at his home in Sparks after a brief illness with his family by his side. Our beloved Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, was born in Johnson City, Tennessee on November 27, 1932. Bob, "Alex" or "Jack" as he was also called was the 2nd of 5 children to James and Myrtle Jackson. He graduated from Science Hill High School in Johnson City and proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1950 - 1960. Bob was first stationed in Fort Carson, CO where he met his future wife Evelyn who was vacationing from Chicago. They married in 1952 at St. Thomas Aquanis Church in Reno while stationed at Stead AFB and then transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska for 3 years. They returned to Reno where Bob retired in 1987 from a career with the United States Postal Service. After retirement, they traveled the world and spoiled their grandkids every chance they got..from cross country vacations and baseball games, to teaching them shuffleboard and lawn darts. After Evelyn died in 2001 after 49 years of marriage, he made several cross country trips with his family to see the great grandkids on the east coast and trips to Johnson City and Knoxville to see the Jacksons. Bob also worked at Pioneer Citizens Bank until 2001 and volunteered for the Harrah's Auto Museum. He loved golf, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Tennessee Volunteers, history, old cars and a good martini or bloody mary. His parents and 2 younger brothers, Bill (2019) and Rick (2020) also preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter Sally Pappas (Dale), grandchildren Erin DiPietro, Steve DiPietro and Jill Diaz (Ernesto), great grandchildren Antonio, Aly and Jasmine, sister Brenda Jackson Gentry(Gary) of Johnson City, brother Jim Jackson (Jean) of Lake Placid Florida, nieces, nephews and a son.
There are not enough words to thank Dr. Ron Smith, Dr. Remy Lamberts and St. Mary's Medical Center staff who cared so lovingly for our patriarch during his illness. You were our friends, eyes and ears during that hospital time and we are so grateful we were able to honor his request and get him back to his home. Happy Fathers Day. We love you and know there was a joyful heavenly reunion. There is a joyous heavenly reunion with Evelyn, Bill, Rick and so many of his friends and family that have gone before him.
John Sparks handled arrangements and Bob was able to be interred with full Military Honors at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery during this pandemic.
Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from Jun. 17 to Jun. 21, 2020.