Robert Arnold "Bob" Jackson
1949 - 2021

Robert 'Bob' Arnold Jackson

Robert "Bob" Arnold Jackson, 71, of La Crosse passed away peacefully in his home Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, from complications after battling liver cirrhosis due to NASH for many years.

He was born in Viroqua July 20, 1949, to Arnold and Eldoris (Felde) Jackson. Bob served in the Army and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. After his service he returned home and worked for Country Kitchen in La Crosse and Onalaska. He married Bonnie Bakko, May 4, 1974. Together they owned Countryside Restaurant in St. Joseph Ridge, from 1980-1985. Shortly after, they began Jackson Properties and owned many rental properties in the area.

Bob was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers. He enjoyed fishing (drowning worms), collecting coins, and spending time joking around with family and friends. One of his favorite pastimes was shopping for anything, regardless of whether he needed it or not. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; and their children, Craig Jackson of West Salem, Sara (Randy) Jarvis of Bangor, and Brian (Gaia) Jackson of Minneapolis. He is also survived by his brothers, Alan Jackson of West Salem, Steve Jackson of La Crosse, and Gary (Nancy) Jackson of West Salem. Bob is survived by three grandchildren, Erin, Ryan, and Claire.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Steven Schlack-Haerer and the Gundersen Lutheran Hospice program. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Disabled American Veterans (

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left at Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.

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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Jan. 5, 2021.
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Rest in peace, Dad. You worked hard your whole life and you fought this illness hard until the end. Say hi to Gram for us all.
Craig Jackson
January 5, 2021