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John C. Jackson

Apr 25, 2017
John C. Jackson – 1914-2017

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

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at Behner Funeral Home. Burial, with military rites, will be at Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington, Iowa.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to American Cancer Society or Disabled Veterans. Online condolences can be made at www.behnerfh.com.

Mr. Jackson was born Sept. 19, 1914, in Washington, Iowa, to John and Elsie Schneider Jackson. He married Phyllis Flenner; she died in April 1987. He married Mona Harper Shaffer May 2, 1992. She died inDecember 2009.

Mr. Jackson lived his entire life in southeast Iowa. He graduated from Washington High School in Washington and Parsons College in Fairfield. He lived in Fairfield most of his life.

Mr. Jackson was 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 Feed Company.

After graduating from high school and college, Mr. Jackson joined his father in the business until he was called to military service in World War II.

Mr. Jackson joined the former 133rd Infantry Band in Fairfield in November 1933, and saw action overseas during World War II. After 3.5 years in Europe, he returned to Fairfield and joined the Iowa National Guard’s 34th Army Band. After 40 years with the band, he retired in 1974.

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

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

The philanthropist also donated money to the Fairfield Arts & 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.

Survivors include: stepchildren, Stephen (Vicki) Shaffer of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and Cliff (Terry) Shaffer of Granbury, Texas; and seven stepgrandchildren.

In addition to his two wives, he was preceded in death by: his parents; and brother, Harold.

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