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John Christopher Jackson 1964-2016

November 22, 2016
Emmetsburg News

A Mass of Christian Burial for Chris Jackson of Emmetsburg was held Monday, Nov. 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.

Burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

John Christopher (Chris) Jackson, son of John Timothy (Tim) and Beverly (Brennan) Jackson, was born May 26, 1964 in Emmetsburg. He graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1982 where he was a member of the National Honor Society and lettered in baseball, football, golf and basketball.

Chris attended Buena Vista University where he was a member of the baseball team. He transferred to and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, with a bachelors degree in Chemistry. He also played for the 1985 Spencer Cardinals semi-professional baseball team.

He and Kathy Edwards were married on June 11, 1994 in Emmetsburg. They lived in St. Paul, MN, before moving to Emmetsburg where they made their home and raised their family. Chris was the Quality Manager for the POET facility and they have named two streets in his honor, "Slimstrong Drive" and "#3 Jackson Junction."

Chris was very active in the community as a volunteer for the Emmetsburg Fire Department and as a high school baseball umpire, football chain gang member and little league coach.

He enjoyed gardening, experimenting with breeds of unusually hot peppers, hunting, fishing and encouraging others to move back to Emmetsburg. He loved canning his homegrown tomatoes, making salsa and he enjoyed eating fried green tomatoes. He had fun baking bread and other treats from Grama Ruth's recipes. He especially loved the Fourth of July and entertaining friends and relatives.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, Chris passed away in Emmetsburg surrounded by his family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kathy; his three sons: John Joseph (Joe), Cole Emmet and William (Will) Lorin; parents, Tim and Beverly Jackson; his brothers Brian (Mary Ellen) and Daniel (Michelle); sister, Julie (Mike) Dunlap of Emmetsburg; and his brother, Tim (Susan) of Aurora, CO; sisters-in-law: Alisa Swinderma and June (Tim) Brennan; many nieces and nephews, and extended family.

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