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John James "Butch" Jackson, 88, of Weirton, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Heritage Place Assisted Living, Weirton. Born February 22, 1924 in Mingo Junction, OH, he was the son of the late Enoch and Ada Rogers Jackson. He was also preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Wanda Mae Goodrich Jackson in 1996, his second wife Mary Carder Jackson in 2006, brothers Wilford, Tom and Fred Jackson and sisters Mabel Jackson, Mary Dodd and Alice Kerr. With 36 years of service, Mr. Jackson retired from Weirton Steel where he worked as foreman of the lift truck repairmen for the Electrical Department of the Strip Steel. A good Christian, he was a member of Weirton First Church of the Nazarene and Jewett Ruritans. He enjoyed fishing, working on stock cars and watching the races, farming and feeding the birds in his yard. One of his favorite pastimes was watching old western movies on television. A Purple Heart recipient, Mr. Jackson was an Army Air Corp Staff Sergeant during World War II. He was a tail gunner in a B17, who was shot down on May 28, 1944 in the northern part of Germany, where he was held as a Prisoner of War for 13 months. John is survived by his son John Jackson and his wife Marilyn of Weirton; grandchildren Sherri and Roger Mapel, Angela and Robert Blackburn and Susan and Raymond Ruscoe and great-grandchildren, twins Sara and Laura Mapel, Mary Elizabeth, Johnathan, Rachel and Joseph Ruscoe and Maggie Grace Blackburn. Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV, where funeral services will be celebrated 11AM Friday. Pastor Dana Snodgrass will officiate, assisted by Pastor Brad Reynolds of Kirtland, OH. Entombment will follow in Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, Follansbee, WV with military services being conducted by the American Legion Firing Squad. Memorial contributions may be made the Weirton First Church of the Nazarene, 475 Colliers Way, Weirton, WV 26062.

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  1. John, Marilyn, and Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers go with you as you walk this road that we, too, have only so recently traveled. David, Lucille, Steve, & Dan

  2. Dear Johnny, Marilyn and family, We are so sad to hear of the loss of your Dad…He and your Mom were such good people….I have fond memories of them growing up on Woodland Estates…..please know you are in our prayers…..We hope you will find comfort in all the good times you shared with him. God bless you my old friend….. Our love and sympathy, Terry and Judy

  3. Dear John & Marilyn and families, Well, the Jackson clan from North Hill has gathered in Heaven. Cuz Janet reminded me that Aunt Wanda also passed on the 13th. & that number is now the Jackson luck! Although your dad had many rough days during the war as a POW and gunner, he was always the sweetest uncle any girl could ever want! Our big, happy family has shared so many wonderful times together that show what a loving and responsible Christian he exemplified. Thank you both for being so welcoming, loving and caring; he was so proud to have a son and daughter-in-law like you both. to say nothing of your extended families… Dee and Tim are visiting here in PG with us and we are so blessed to be together right now. Lots of love and bundles of hugs to you all! Luv you Cuz! Deb

  4. Uncle Butch was such a terrific man and a wonderful uncle. I have so many great memories of my childhood going to visit him and Aunt Wanda for summer vacations. He will be missed so much! With love to his entire family. I will be thinking of you and praying for you.

  5. Sometimes in life people come along who make a difference in your life. Butch and Wanda Jackson were those people. They were the best neighbors we ever had. They actually found our first home, right next door to them. We remember a very hot August in 1972 when Butch and Jack put in what seemed like a million miles of driveway and did a fantastic job. Jack, Jeff, Jennifer and I feel so blessed to have shared so many summer nights in their backyard, swimming, having cookouts, making hobo pies around the campfire and listening to their stories. Jeff and Jennifer often mention “those wonderful years next door to Jacksons and what a wonderful place it was to grow up”. We are sorry we couldn’t attend the funeral but our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. Please know we loved Butch and Wanda and share in your loss.

  6. Dear Johnny, Marilyn & Family, Thinking of you today as you lay your Dad to rest. Be comforted knowing he’s joined your Mom again after all these years. Highland Hills is also the resting place of our parents ~~ I’m sure they’ll meet again and discuss the “good old days” on Woodlawn Estates :):) God Bless you all as you grieve, many also grieve with you. With much love and friendship, Mike and Janice Memory Eternal

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