Benjamin ‘Ben’ Jackson, 96
Mon, 06/25/2018 - 6:58pm admin
Jan. 20, 1922 —
June 22, 2018
Cresco - Ben Jackson, age 96, of Cresco, Iowa passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at Regional Health Services of Howard County.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Cresco, followed by burial with Military Rites at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Cresco. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco and on Wednesday from noon until time of service.
Benjamin “Ben” L. Jackson Jr. was born Jan. 20, 1922 in Colorado Springs, Colo. to Benjamin and Alice (Shannon) Jackson Sr. He graduated from Cresco High School in 1942.
Ben served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942-1945, during which he earned a Bronze Star. He served in Merrill’s Marauders under General Frank Merrill in Burma, engaged in jungle warfare against the Japanese. His love of the military stayed with him his entire life as he was a member of the Cresco American Legion for 50 years and the VFW for over 70 years. Also, Ben served as the Commander of the Local Post and Commander of the 3rd District. One of the highlights of his life came in 2013 when he participated, with a granddaughter, in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
When he returned from serving overseas, he married Margery Eaton in her parents’ home on July 15, 1945. He worked in the road maintenance department for the State of Iowa for 30 years. During retirement, he and Margery spent 26 winters in Texas. Ben was an expert when it came to detailing cars, especially with wax jobs. He loved to cook and grill out and always looked forward to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ben is survived by his wife, Margery of Cresco; five children, Ann (Ralph) Billick of Tipton, Iowa, Jean Jackson of Marion, Iowa, Judy (David) Tupy of New Market, Minn., Robert “Oscar” (Patty) Jackson of Cresco and Marian “Rose” (Tim) Gates of New Prague, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Kim, Mike, Shelby, Sara, Luke, Kelsey, Mitch, Chad, Jamie, Rachel and Jennifer; 17 great-grandchildren, Maggie, Madalyn, Mike, Audrey, Ethan, Graham, Cale, Drew, Ben, Jackson, Carson, Bryce, Olivia, Mason, Lexus, Alayna and Alex; and a sister, Frances (Dever) Langholf of Albuquerque, N.M. He is further survived by Margery’s sister, Gwen (Arnold) Peter of Cresco.
Ben is preceded in death by his parents; six siblings, Dorothy, Mary, Opal, Wilbur, Frank and Agnes; and Margery’s sister, Nancy, who was married to Ben’s brother, Frank.