Roger Earl Jackson, age 81, of St. Francis passed away peacefully December 25, 2010 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Oak Grove with Father Michael VanSloun as Celebrant. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery.
Roger was born June 23, 1929, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the youngest son to Roy and Lillian (Sweeny) Jackson. Living in St. Paul, he married June Paderski at St. John’s Catholic Church on June 10, 1950. They raised their family in South St. Paul. While living in Woodbury, Roger retired from 3M after 45 years. Eight years ago, they moved to St. Francis which Roger referred to as the best move I ever made.
Roger was proud of his Irish heritage. He was fascinated with history and family genealogy. He anxiously awaited the historical trivia questions sent to him by his nephew, Robert. He enjoyed golfing, playing cribbage, crossword puzzles, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and concerts, and family trips to the casino.
When it comes to personal accomplishments, Roger was most proud of his 33 years of sobriety and that he was able to sponsor others on their road to recovery. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and his canine friends.
Roger Earl Jackson passed away peacefully December 25, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 81 years, 6 months and 2 days. Roger was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Lillian Jackson and brother, Roy.
Roger is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, June; two loving daughters, Christine (Ronald) Hanzal and Linda (Arnie) Eilers, a son; two brothers, James (Betty), and Howard; six grandchildren, Corissa, Alissa, Nicki (Charles), Andy (Kira), Jennifer (Nate), Melissa (Rob); seven great grandchildren, Elliott, Kalyn, Jaron, Jevan, Ella, Lauren and Isabel; and by other relatives and friends, especially Ron Leander and the Johnson family.