James Paul Jackson Sr., 76, Woodstock, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Centegra Hospital – McHenry. He was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Johnsburg to Ford and Mayme (Frett) Jackson.
On July 27, 1957, he married Sandra Leonard in Woodstock.
He was a carpenter by trade and worked for his brothers, Joe and Ed Jackson of Woodstock Construction and later for R&D Thiel Carpenter Contractors as vice president.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast who enjoyed his grandchildrens’ sporting events to a fault. He was a loving father and grandfather who loved a good laugh. He also was ready to help anyone who needed him and was loose with his advice and his wallet. He will be missed.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, James Jackson Jr., Woodstock, Mike (Janet) Jackson, Hershey, Pa., and Jay (Jackie) Jackson, St. Charles; two daughters, Lisa (Paul) Van Slyke, Atlanta, Ga., and Kathy (Joe) Schweder, Woodstock; 11 grandchildren, Joe and Sam Schweder, Woodstock, Katie, Kelly, Daniel and Griffen Jackson, Hershey, Jacks and Maddie Van Slyke, Atlanta, and Jacob, Grace, and Savannah Jackson, St. Charles; a brother, Ed (Andie) Jackson, Harvard; a sister, Kate Michelau, Grayslake; and his dog, Kobe.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, George (Joyce), Joe (Betty) and Art (Glorice); and two sisters, Connie May and Marie Huntington.
Visitation was Aug. 24, 2013, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg.
The Rev. Rafal Wasilewski officiated. Interment was private.
Memorials can be sent to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX, 75231 or online at www.heart.org.
Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.