Longtime Homer resident R.B. D. Jackson died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, from metastatic colon cancer at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. He was 77.
Per Mr. Jackson's request, no memorial services were held. His ashes will be scattered at a site to be determined at a later date.
Mr. Jackson was born May 3, 1926, in Snyder, Okla. He completed 10th grade in 1944, and obtained his high school diploma in 2001. Mr. Jackson entered the U.S. Army in September 1944 as private first class in the 97th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. He served overseas as a military police officer and received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and an honorable discharge in August 1946.
He worked as the stern oiler on the gold dredge in Yuba, Calif., from 1947 to 1948. He attended Telephone Company Lineman's Installer and Maintenance School from 1948 to 1955, after which he began his career as a lineman installer and maintenance worker for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. in Tulare, Calif. From 1964 to 1971 Mr. Jackson did seasonal work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a soil conservation aide in Palmer.
In May 1958, he moved to Homer. From 1966 to 1967 he worked as a school custodian at Homer Middle School and was a school bus driver from 1968 to 1984. He was recognized for a perfect attendance record for six consecutive years.
In 1971 Mr. Jackson attended trade school for servicing electrical appliances, air conditioning and refrigeration and graduated with honors. In 1974 he attended the state of Alaska Fire and Chemical Fire Investigation School. He served four years as the Homer Volunteer Fire Department fire chief, various terms as the assistant fire chief and served on the board of directors. He received an award for his service to the Homer Volunteer Fire Department for his 16 years of service from 1958 to 1974. In 1994 he took correspondence courses for locksmithing and electrical security school, receiving a diploma with honors.
Mr. Jackson was a member of the Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith and Love Fountain of Alaska, a humanitarian service group in Homer. He recognized all faiths and religions. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, fixing things and reading Western novels.
"R.B. was a great guy and a privilege to know. A piece of history is gone and Homer will not be the same without him. We remember R.B. so well; he was always jolly, with courage and a pioneering spirit. He fought a long and hard battle with cancer. R.B.'s encouraging words and smile will be missed. He will live in the hearts and memories of the many whose lives he touched during his many years of service in our community," his family said.
Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen A. Jackson; sons and daughters-in-law, Aaron and Crystal Jackson, Arnan and Marcy Jackson and Konrad and Mary Jackson; daughters and sons-in-law, Anna and Michael Thacker, Alinda and John Brodigan and Kathleen and Tom Piecuch; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of memorial contributions, Mr. Jackson can be honored by being good to your fellow man.
Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.
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