Michael Robert Jackson
January 22, 1947 ‒ November 10, 2014
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