Jerry W. Jackson, 72 years, of Bryan, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in his home with his family at this side. Jerry was born April 18, 1942 in Bryan, Ohio, the son of the late Raymond W. and Jean L. (Garber) Jackson. He was a 1960 graduate of Bryan High School. A Navy veteran, Jerry served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam Era. Jerry married Joan M. Opdycke in 1962 and the marriage ended in divorce. He then married Deborah S. Bechtol on December 28, 1981 in Bryan. Jerry began his career as a service manager for Peterson Volkswagen. After the closing of the dealership, Jerry worked on cars out of his home. He later worked for ARO Corp, JBM Tool & Die and Spangler Candy Company as a machinist. Jerry also taught Diesel Mechanics at Four County Joint Vocational School. Following his passion to help others, Jerry then became Drug and Alcohol Counselor working for the CareUnit Corporation at the Montpelier and Wood County Hospitals, Charter Hospitals in Florida and at CCNO. Eventually, he worked out of his home, starting the Community Countermeasure Program, Inc. He retired in 2004. Jerry was instrumental in the formation of our current EMS Service in Williams County, serving as President in 1979. Jerry was a dedicated family man. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed solving puzzles and working on projects. He was a jack of all trades, devoted father and loving husband.
Surviving is his wife, Deborah of Bryan; three children, Col. Robert (Teresa) Jackson USMC of Lorton, Virginia, John Jackson of Kremmling, Colorado and Crystal Jackson of Bryan. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Joan Jackson. He is also survived by ten foreign exchange students who Jerry and Deb hosted in their home over the years.
Visitation for Jerry W. Jackson will be held Friday, December 19, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014 with Pastor Pat Schwenk officiating. Interment will be private for the family.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be made to Community Health Professionals Hospice, 127 Blakeslee Avenue, Bryan, Ohio 43506.