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John C. Jackson

Apr 25, 2017

John C. Jackson, 102, of Fairfield, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Sunnybrook Living Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 28, in Behner Funeral Home. Burial with military rites will be at Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Center Society or Disabled Veterans.

Mr. Jackson was born Sept. 19, 1914, in Washington, the son of John and Elsie (Schneider) Jackson. He married Phyllis Flenner. She died in April of 1987. On May 2, 1992, he married Mona (Harper) Shaffer. She died December 2009.

He lived his entire life in southeast Iowa. he graduated from Washington High School and Parsons College in Fairfield. He lived in Fairfield most of his life, where he was known as a philanthropist, a businessman and a musician.

He was the longtime owner of the Fairfield Feed Company. The company, first known as Jackson and Catlett Mill, was started by his father, John E. Jackson and Rollin Catlett in 1930. Six years later the senior Jackson bought out Catlett and the business name was changed to Fairfield Seed Company.

After graduating from high school and attending college, Jackson joined his father in the business until he was called to military service in World War II. He joined the former 133rd Infantry Band in Fairfield in November 1933 and saw action overseas during World War II. After three and a half years in Europe, he returned to Fairfield and joined the Iowa National Guard’s newly organized 34th Army Band. After 40 years with the band, he retired in 1974.

When he returned home after his wartime service, he also rejoined his father at the feed company. When his father retired in 1955, he became the sole owner and managed the business until selling it in 1978.

He was a charter member of the Washington Municipal Band in 1932. He donated funds to help build a new bandstand in 2010 and the Washington Municipal Band honored Jackson by playing his favorite song “Lassus Trombone.”

He also donated money to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center to start an endowment for the center, and he established the John Jackson Instrumental Music Scholarship awarded yearly to a Fairfield High School student and administered by the Greater Jefferson County Foundation. He was a member of the Elks, Eagles, 34th Infantry Association, and Musician Union Association.

Surviving are two stepchildren, Stephen Shaffer and wife Vicki of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and Cliff Shaffer and wife Terry of Granbury, Texas; and seven step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his two wives, and one brother, Harold.


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