Michael Robert Jackson

January 22, 1947 ‒ November 10, 2014

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Michael Robert Jackson, 67, of Mansfield passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

The son of Robert and Marie (Robinson) Jackson, Mike was born January 22, 1947 in Mansfield. He graduated from Malabar High School in 1965. Mike attended The Ohio State University for two years before enlisting in the Army.  Stationed in Vietnam, he served in Military Intelligence.  Mike was honorably discharged on January 1, 1974.

From a young age Mike was a collector.  Well read in geology, astronomy and space exploration, throughout life, Mike was always learning. An avid gardener, he worked hard on his flower and vegetable gardens, planting from seeds that he personally collected.  Mike was also a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan, hardly ever missing a football game.

Creative and artistic, Mike was a gifted, self taught carpenter.  He used his creativity and talent as a carpenter to build beautiful custom homes.  Earlier in life, Mike worked as a carpenter in Colorado, and more recently for Harding Hospital in Worthington also as a carpenter.

He was a member of the American Legion and First Congregational Church.

He is survived by his mother Marie Jackson of Mansfield; twin sister Pat (Ed) Folsom of Iowa City, Iowa; sister Susan Alexander of Albuquerque, New Mexico; nephew Ben (Andrea) Folsom of Chicago; great niece and nephew Ella and Charlie Folsom; numerous cousins and extended family; Mike’s very special group of veteran friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert Jackson.

The family will receive friends Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 12p.m.-2p.m. in the parlor at First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, Mansfield, where memorial services will immediately follow in the sanctuary at 2p.m.   Military honors performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow on the church grounds.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jackson family.

Memorial contributions in Mike’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com


  • Marie,Pat and Susan,
    We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Mike.
    Our thoughts are with you all.

    Jack and Betty Flowers
    Minds Park,AZ

  • Marie, Pat, and Susan,
    I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Michael…and so sorry I did not know that he was sick. He was much too young to be taken away and I cannot imagine what you have been going through. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and I will be with you in spirit on November 22. Love and hugs to all of you and again, so very sorry for your loss.

    • Koke,
      How nice to hear from you. We are in shock even though he was diagnosed in January with lung cancer. His desire was to die at home and the three of us were with him through his last few weeks and with him when we passed, with the help of a wonderful hospice team. Thank you for your thoughts & prayers. Susan

  • Marie, Pat and Susan,
    I am so saddened for you for your loss of Michael and can only offer my deepest and heartfelt condolences. I have not seen any of you for so long, but my memories of happier times in Mansfield include the “neighborhood”, schools, and sporting events where I often interacted with Mike. His accomplishments were many and I’m sure he filled your hearts with much joy. Hoping you find peace from your devastating loss. You are in my thoughts.

  • Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My thoughts are with you at this time. He is at peace now. I remember him fondly. Take care

  • May the Lord give you peace of mind and hold you in his hands as you morn and remember Mike. He taught me to play poker at Alex’s and I loved being with him, Doug, Bill and George at OSU! Brilliant and loving boy. I am sorry I did not know him well as a man.

  • I so remember sweet Mike. I had recently moved to Mansfield from the Pittsburgh area and was a year younger than Mike. He was always so kind, so sweet, such a gentleman, and such a good, good young man! I thought he was extremely handsome……..and also loved his beautiful sisters Pat and Susan. I looked up to and admired their amazing family! I can’t imagine the sadness you all must be feeling at this time………please know that I will pray for all of you, that you may feel peace and comfort, knowing that you will for sure see Mike again. When it is your time to leave this earth, he will be waiting with open arms and greet you, hug you, and welcome you to heaven. Please know of my deep sympathy for you and the great loss you are experiencing.

  • Pat, Susan & Marie
    Sorry to hear Mike is no longer here with us.
    I have wonderful memories of all of us together on Cooke Rd.
    Hugs & love

  • Marie, Pat, and Susan

    I was saddened today to learn of Mike’s passing. He was the All American boy…smart, fun, an athlete, and well-liked by all who knew him. Many great memories came to me today as I thought about him. I was indeed fortunate to have been a classmate and friend.

    Unfortunately, I hadn’t seen Mike in a long time and as I read his obituary, I feel like I know the wonderful person he became. I am certain that his loss is very difficult for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.