Russell D. Jackson

Russell DeMar Jackson

July 8, 1927 – December 6, 2023

Loved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather, Russell D. Jackson passed away December 6, 2023, in Omaha, NE. He was 96 years old and enjoyed a full and loving life.

Russell was born July 8, 1927, in Eureka, Kansas, to William and Viola Jackson. He was the oldest of two siblings: Betty and Sharon; and a member of the United Methodist Church.

In high school, he was very active in all sports. After graduation, he entered Military Service on May 2, 1946, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He received medical training at Camp Wisconsin and then was stationed in Sapor, Japan, attached to the 8th Army where he worked as a Hospital Medical and Surgical Tech at the 161st Station Hospital in WWII. During his service, he earned military awards for marksmanship using the M1 rifle. He was honorably discharged on May 27, 1947, at Camp Stoneman, California.

After leaving the military, he worked in the alfalfa business at W.J. Small Co. in Kansas. On August 8, 1949, Russell was wed to Erma Pearse in Climax, Kansas. The couple moved to Nebraska to start their family and he began many years of work in the alfalfa dehy business. He received several promotions and became regional manager of 13 mills in Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado. In 1966, Russell and family moved to Shelton, NE, where he continued managing in the alfalfa dehy business. In Shelton, Russell volunteered with the Shelton Fire & Rescue and many other community activities such as helping with 4th of July firework displays and parades. After a move to Lexington, Nebraska, Russell later retired as a production manager in 1989 with the alfalfa dehydration industry.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 74 years, Erma; daughter, Susan Snyder of Omaha, NE; sons, Steve Jackson of Ravenna, NE, and Jimm Jackson of Florence, AZ; sister, Sharon Carroll of Taylorsville, UT; numerous nieces, nephews; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Russell McDonald; sister, Betty Goetzinger; and two infant grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Shelton Volunteer Fire & Rescue, 218 C Street, Shelton, NE 68876.

A Graveside Burial service will be held at the Kearney Cemetery with friends and family in the spring of 2024.

1 Condolence

  • Nelda Perryman Posted January 1, 2024 3:37 pm

    I loved Uncle Russ so much. So many wonderful memories.

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