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It is with great sadness that the Jackson family announces the death of Jerry Lee Jackson, born in Detroit, MI on August 5, 1942. Jerry had a passion for people and made friends everywhere he went. His laugh was contagious, and he always had a smile for everyone. He was an avid photographer, loved to gather with friends and family, play cards, boat, fish, golf, and hunt. In his younger years, Jerry was a Pastor and youth mentor at his churches, who took immense pleasure in sharing his love of Christ. He also played the guitar, sang, and loved to play and coach softball and work on cars with his sons.

Jerry is survived by Gloria Wolfe Jackson, his beloved wife of 59 years, his stepmother, Genevieve, his brother Ron (Tammy) his sons, David (Toni) and Mark (Tina), four grand-children, Ryan, Katie, Jake and Abigail. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur, and Francis Jackson. Additionally, Jerry and Gloria have many “adopted” young men and women he mentored over the years.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Resurrection Life Church located in Big Rapids, MI on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 11:00 am by Pastor Paul. The family suggest that memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hope Lodge in Grand Rapids or the charity of one’s choice” in lieu of flowers.


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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 616-452-3006.



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  1. Tish Deaton on July 19, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Gloria, so sorry for your loss, may he Rest In Peace! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Mary Jo Shepard on July 19, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Jerry loved every single.person he came in contact with. He loved me with all that was in him….always praying for me. I am grateful he.knew the Lord…this assures me that I will see him again. My.prayers.for peace and comfort for his wife, children, grandchildren, stepmother and brother and also for everyone who has held him close in their heart.

  3. Pat Duncan on July 19, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Jerry Jackson was a Gentle Giant in my eyes. A God send to our ministry in Stockbridge Mi ,a friend and confidante of great love and caring. Our hearts ♥️ are sad of sorts but Jerry we will meet you by the River and break bread together again. WE LOVE YOU ♥️

  4. George Durham on July 19, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Gloria, you and Jerry were such a big part of Kelly and my family’s life. We all will miss Jerry very much. He always made me fill better about things when I was down. I’m sure he is bringing a smile to our Lord right now. All of our love to you and your family.

  5. Roxanne Kania - Slotnick on July 19, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Gloria, Mark, Tina, David and Toni,

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was a very nice man. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ❤️🙏

    Roxanne and Shawn Slotnick

  6. Bill and Sandy Law on July 19, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Sending our love and prayers to the Jackson family. It was a pleasure to worship with you and we often remember you all fondly.

  7. Karen and Tom Chesnut on July 19, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Jerry smile always brightened the day! He was always smiling on his good or bad days. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gloria and his family. He will be missed!

  8. Kathrine Shelton on July 19, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    So sorry to hear this. We will meet him soon. It was great to have you worship with us all those years ago. Sending love to Gloria, David and Mark. Our prayers are with you.Pastor Ken and Kitty

  9. Tammy Staunton on July 19, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Gloria, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for your sense of peace with all of this and to feel God’s love and care for you and your family. I know Gerry will be missed by you and so many others, but the memories you shared will remain with you always. Sending much love, Tammy Staunton

  10. Linda Sbraccia on July 19, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Jerry,s smile lite up the room. He will be greatly miss. Prayers are with the family.

  11. Jack Trachet on July 21, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    One of the friendliest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. People like Jerry make life better and dark days brighter. We can all take a lesson on life from this man. Your in a better place and until we meet again you’ll be greatly missed.
    My deepest sympathies to the family.

  12. Barb Grzeszak on July 21, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    My thoughts and Prayers are with you Gloria and your family during this difficult time. I so enjoyed playing Eucher with Jerry and seeing him at the Bakery. He will be missed.

  13. Nanette Holt on July 23, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Gloria, I am so sorry for your loss. Richard and I will always remember Jerry fondly. Our prayers go out to you for peace and wisdom at this very difficult time.

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