Uland (Bud) Jackson, 93 - July 21, 2012
Uland C. Jackson, 93, of Grand Island, formerly of Gothenburg, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Grand Island.
A visitation will take place at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Sunday, July 29, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Services will be conducted at the First United Methodist Church on Monday, July 30, at 2 p.m. with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. Interment will follow at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Jackson was born June 27, 1919, on a farm near Cordova to Zeb H. and Anna M. (Herbst) Jackson. He grew up on farms in York County and later Lincoln County with his parents and two sisters.
He began his high school education at McCool Junction and graduated high school at Ingham in 1937. After completing a general business education at North Platte School of Commerce in 1940, he worked for Sound & Kiewit Construction Company in Washington State.
In June of 1941, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and reported to Fort Leavenworth, KS, the day after his 22nd birthday. His tour of duty in Europe was from September of 1943 through September of 1945, and took him to England, France, Belgium and Germany. He was a member of the 3rd Armored Division of the 32nd Armored Regiment, nicknamed “Spearhead.”
Jackson returned to the United States Sept. 28, 1945, and was discharged from the military service on Oct. 9, 1945.
Following his service to his country, he received on-the-job training with Frank M. Bowen Public Accounting Company in North Platte. For several years he worked in Gothenburg for Gothenburg Farm Equipment and Lepp & Osterloh Inc. In 1957, he moved to Denver and began a career with Massey Ferguson, Inc. as accountant and office supervisor.
On May 4, 1958, he was united in marriage to Dylores May Berg at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gothenburg. The couple established their home and were employed at Denver, CO, until their retirement. After several years of retirement in Denver, they made the move to Sun City, AZ, in 1994.
During their retirement years, Jackson and his wife enjoyed entertaining family and friends, Willowbrooke United Methodist Church activities, traveling to the 3rd Armored Division reunions across the United States as well as playing cards, dining out and maintaining an immaculate home and yard, according to family members.
In November of 2009, he and his wife returned to Nebraska to reside at an independent living apartment in Grand Island. He had the privilege of traveling May 4-7, 2012, to Washington, D.C. as a member of the Hall County Hero Flight for World War II veterans. The highlight for him was visiting the World War II Memorial, said family members.
Jackson was a member and officer of the Lions Club, a member of Sun City Nebraska Club, a 50-year member of the Masons and a 50-year member of the VFW.
He will be remembered and treasured for his sharp wit, broad smile, honesty and integrity as well as his sharing of stories and jokes, family members said. He posessed all the personal qualities as those of the “Great Generation.”
Jackson was preceded in death by: his parents, Zeb and Anna; his wife, Dylores in 2011; a sister, Lorene Whittingham; brothers-in-law—John J. Schurr and LeRoy Tillotson; a great-nephew, Wayne Schurr.
Survivors include: his sister, Estella Tillotson of Gothenburg; brother-in-law, Ted Whittingham of Denver; nephews—John L. (Kay) Schurr and Jerry (Linda) Schurr, all of Farnam; niece, Janet (John) Speck of St. Paul; great-nephews—Heath (Tiffany) Reinders and Adrianna, Jerud Schurr, Chase and Ryleigh, Ty Schurr, Marty (Shelly) Schurr, Adalyn and Gavon, and Ryan (Kari)Schurr and Luke; great-nieces—Paige (Jeff) Kreycik, Presley, Dawson and Jack; numerous cousins.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 80526, Lincoln, NE 68501; Farnam Senior Center; First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, NE 69138.