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James Nicholas Jackson

January 19, 1940 May 7, 2018
James Nicholas Jackson
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Obituary for James Nicholas Jackson

James Nicholas Jackson, age 78, a resident of White Lake and a former resident of Southfield and Highland, died peacefully at home on Monday, May 7, 2018 due to an aortic aneurysm.

Jim was born on January 19, 1940, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the fourth child of five children. Following High School, Jim enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. and was stationed in Twentynine Palms, California, where he worked as a Radio Telegraph Operator. After being honerably discharged, Jim worked for his parents, who owned a dry cleaning company in Southfield, Michigan. There he met Linda Lincourt who was an employee. After four years of a working friendship, they had a two year courtship. The couple married on Friday, December 13, 1968 in Southfield. Together, they raised their two children, Heather and Jimmy, in Southfield. Jim enjoyed fishing and road trips with his family - he always knew a "short-cut" that would end up taking twice as long. He definitely knew how to enjoy the journey.

Jim was a quiet, sweet-natured and kind hearted man who lived a life full of love and laughter. He loved his family, was an exceptional father and grandfather to many. He was always playing around with the kids and was known as the king of corny zingers and jokes. He loved woodworking and tinkering with electronics. He would spend hours in his workshop creating furniture pieces, signs, bookcases, etc., just to turn around and give them away to anyone interested. He was ever ready to lend a helping hand — he always put others tasks or projects before his own. Jim had a strong work ethic and was a hard worker. For 30 years Jim worked for Detroit Diesel and seldom missed a day. He retired in 2007. He truly was a jack-of-all trades and could never say no. He was easy-going, sometimes a little too slow paced for others tastes, but he always thought things through first and finished every project thoroughly.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Linda; his children, Jimmy (Shely), Heather (Rick) Kraszewski, James, Holly and Kimberly Jackson; his grandchildren, Robert (Ashley) Jackson, Alexis (Mike) Danna, Lea Jackson, Liam, Teagan and Kallen Maloney, Ashley (Joe) Burgess, Brandon (Beth) Kraszewski, Justin (Courtney) Kraszewski; ten great-grandchildren; his sister, Nellie Brooks, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Ruby and Jack Blunk, his brother Sonny, and his sisters, Rosemary Haire and Jodie Phillips.

Jim leaves behind, as a lasting example, a legacy of what it means to be a faithful husband, loving father, loyal grandfather, true friend, excellent provider and all around exceptional man. He will be greatly missed!

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty Street, Milford on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1 PM, with visitation beginning at 11 AM.

Memorials may be made in his name to Wounded Warriors or Michigan Humane Society.


For further information, phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645.

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Visitation

Friday

11

May

10:00 AM 5/11/2018 10:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 5/11/2018 1:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Friday

11

May

1:00 PM 5/11/2018 1:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Wounded Warrior Project

P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, KS 6667

Michigan Humane Society

Development Department, Michigan Humane Society
30300 Telegraph Road Suite 220
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
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