December 25, 1926 ~ January 19, 2014
Robert L. Jackson loving husband, father, and grandfather died Sunday, January 19, 2014, at age 87 after a long illness. The youngest of seven children, he was born to Leanna and Oscar Jackson on Christmas day, 1926, in Caldwell, Kansas. After graduating Caldwell High School in 1944, Bob enlisted in the Army where he served in Korea, was wounded, and earned the Purple Heart. Upon returning home, he met the one and only love of his life, Doris Hess, and they were married in 1947. Driven by a love of country, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 where he served as a medic and hospital administrator at various bases in the United States, Canada, and Pakistan until he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1970. Always a free spirit, he played as hard as he worked, loved the outdoors and hunting, as much as he enjoyed reading and learning. After retirement, Bob worked in the Lackland Education Center, San Antonio, finding jobs for veteran medics in the civilian sector. As a life-long learner, and ready for a challenge, it was no surprise when he enrolled at the University Of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to pursue his quest to be a registered nurse graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. He worked in several hospitals around the San Antonio area before retiring again. In 1960, while stationed at Rockport, Texas, Bob earned his pilot’s license. He never outgrew his passion for flying and airplanes and several years after his first flight, Bob earned his A & P and his A & I license allowing him to build, inspect, as well as fly civilian airplanes. Bob loved every aspect of life. He loved hunting and was a world-class hunter. He was a photographer; as are his daughters. He was a man with many talents and great intellect; but most importantly, he had a keen sense of humor. Bob leaves behind his wife of sixty-six years, Doris, his daughters Claudia and her husband Mick Fitts, Celeste Huddleston, and Theresa Jackson; his sons Robert B. Jackson and his wife Susan, and Mark Jackson and his wife Rachel. He also leaves nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Schaeffer Mortuary Chapel, in Caldwell.
Memorials may be given in Robert's name to the Corzine Cemetery.
Interment will be in the Corzine Cemetery, Corbin, Kansas.
Darlene Hays -Hudson- Lowry
Family and Friends - 01/25/2014
Dear Doris & family:
Sorry for your loss..
So many years have passed,but I remember
some old times, when I still lived in Caldwell
we used to have some good times.
I remember most all of the Jackson's, but I
knew Bob the best.
Family and Friends - 01/28/2014
The services were beautiful. Thank you Dad for your great sense of humor and our goodnight phone calls. I would checked on you to see how you were doing and you would always say, " Its going to be alright,Theresa" Love you Dad.
Leticia "Letty" Mata
Family and Friends - 01/28/2014
Most importantly.....my condolences to the Jackson family I truely enjoyed being a part of the family that I had a pleasure knowing. Mr.Jackson was a very kind, smart man with a clever sense of humor. I would go visit him on a daily basis and it was never a dull moment with his funny quick wits. U will truely be missed but definitely not forgotten.....
Family and Friends - 02/10/2014
I only knew this man from the stories I was told through Theresa Jackson, but I know he must have been one of the happiest people on earth. Every time she would come in to the restaurant I work at, she would always ask for a sweet potato, a small item with a meaning, because it was for her dad who was battling sickness. After a while I would try and give her things to cheer him up, and in return she would give me updates on him, how he was feeling, what he had done the past weeks. I felt like I knew him, even if it was through such a small window of a restaurant employee.
My only regret is that I never met Robert in person, and it still bothers me today. I want to thank Theresa for letting me serve this man, even in such a small way, and I know he will thrive in heaven as he did on earth. Rest in peace, Robert Jackson.