James Michael “Mike” Jackson

April 26, 1941 ‒ July 07, 2018

Mount Gilead, Ohio

MT. GILEAD: James Michael “Mike” Jackson passed away Saturday evening, July 7, 2018 in his rural Morrow County Home. He was 77.

He was born April 26, 1941 in Shelby to parents John Ray & Lucile (McPeek) Jackson. Mike was graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1959.

He worked as a Mason, most of his career with K&M Masonry where he worked for many years until retiring in the early 90’s.

He was a social member of Robert L. Castor Post #5101 VFW in Lexington.

In spare time, Mike took pleasure in being outdoors.  Whether mushroom hunting in his secret spot, or dropping a line in waiting for the fish to bite, Mike loved spending time in the woods or by the water.  He also enjoyed reading mysteries and westerns, and being his ornery cantankerous self.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years Jolene (Barrick) Jackson of Mt. Gilead; son Chad (Stacy) Jackson of Mansfield; stepson A. Mack (Karen) Aurand of Florida; two step daughters Jennifer Aurand (friend Darin Hamblin) of Mt. Gilead and Jodi Aurand (friend Dave Mitchell) of Mansfield; three grandchildren Makayla Sutton and Grayson and Sadie Aurand; brother John D. (Marilyn) Jackson of Mansfield; mother-in-law Mary J. Barrick of Bellville; brothers-in-law Dale Ford of Mansfield and Harlan (Lisa) Barrick of Bellville; sister-in-law Mary Barrick (friend Drew Kinkaid) of Oberlin; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and extended family.

In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by a sister Carolyn Ford and brother Norman Ray Jackson.

Although no public service will be held in Mike’s memory, his family hopes that you will hold him in your heart as you remember him in your own special way.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Mike’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • Jody, Jen and family I’m so sorry to hear this, sending prayers to you and your families.

  • My dad ( Doyal Sears) always enjoyed Mike’s company and good cooking on their trips to our hunting cabin in West Virginia. On behalf of the Doyal Sears family, heart felt condolences.

    Offering prayers of support in this difficult time, Jill Sears Steele

  • Will miss those times at “daddy day care”aka where we talk about the good old days. Rest in peace Mike

  • To Mike’s Family
    So very sorry to read of your loss. Lucille was my cousin and I have fond memories of visiting the Jackson family when young.

    Tom & Jeanne McPeek Burkhart

  • You are in our thoughts and prayers.Lots of Hugs.
    Cindy Johnson, Dean & Marnie Johnson, Judy & Bill McFee and Joy & Bob Rosett..

  • JODY:
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you from the Cook family; hoping your happy memories will be a comfort to you and your family in this difficult time.
    Ruth Bauer Cook and David Cook

  • My sympathy goes out to family and friends. Special thoughts and prayers for the Aurands whom I was blessed to know from their time at Johnsville School.
    Love and prayers,
    Mary Carroll

  • Jody & family,
    So sorry for your loss, words can’t express how sad we were to hear of Mike’s passing. He will be missed, time helps with healing. Prayers for all of you.
    Ed & Carol Sickmiller