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Thursday, June 3, 2010 Mourns the Passing of Kenneth W. Jackson

Kenneth W. Jackson, 92, Clinton, departed to his permanent home peacefully Sunday (May 30, 2010) surrounded by his family and friends.

A celebration service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with his son Joseph Jackson and James McMillion officiating. Masonic services will be at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be at Memorial Park, Clinton, with military rites at the graveside.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wapella Christian Church or Little Galilee Christian Assembly.

He was born Sept. 23, 1917, to Frederick Louis and Erma Gibson Jackson, in their home outside of Auburn, Iowa. He married Wilma E. Arthington, the love of his life, on Sept. 23, 1939, in Clinton, by the Rev. Wheaton. They had 69 wonderful years together, having lived in Illinois, Florida, and back to Illinois for their final years.

He lived a long and blessed life, one of serving and giving as a father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was a friend to all. He was a farmer, an unschooled mechanical engineer extraordinaire and a quiet gentleman. He was a very devoted father of his family, instilling rich Christian values and strong work ethics, which will be carried on for generations to come. He was an active member of Christian Churches wherever he lived, and also assisted in establishment of three new churches. He served as a deacon, elder and chairman of the board.

Kenneth is survived by his sister, Shirley Rueff; his two sons, Frederick “Fritz”, Wapella, and Joe, Miami, Fla.; two daughters, Kellen Yeater, Champaign, and Aricka Calianno, New Port Richey, Fla.; two daughters-in-law, Linda and Elizabeth; grandchildren, Keith Jackson (WHS '78), Kenda Herberts (WHS '80), (Dr.) Kenneth Jackson (WHS '86), Joseph “Andy” Jackson and Jami Ellis; three great-grandchildren, Donnie Jackson, Kayla Jackson and Kenneth “Andy” Jackson; and a great-great-grandson, Reese Patrick English.

His wife, Wilma; parents; brothers, Donald and Robert; sister, Dorothy Walden; grandsons, Kent, Jeremy and Joshua; and many friends have preceded him to his everlasting home.

Our condolences to the Jackson family on the passing of Kenneth W. Jackson.

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