Jan. 21, 1922 - Jan. 19, 2011
Walter N. "Wally" Jackson, Athena, passed away Jan. 19, 2011, at the Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla, at the age of 88 years, two days before his 89th birthday. Funeral mass will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Athena with Father Mike Fitzpatrick officiating. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Concluding services and interment will be in the Athena Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph's Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325 or through the funeral home.
Mr. Jackson was born Jan. 21, 1922, in Amorett, Missouri the son of Walter and Clara Palmer Jackson. He attended school in Missouri and Oregon. He lived a hard working and long prosperous life. Mr. Jackson was a World War II Veteran and enlisted in the United States Navy on Sept. 16, 1942. During his tour of duty, he was stationed for a time in Fremantle, West Australia where he met his first wife Ellen Jacqueline O'Connor. The couple were married in Victoria Park, Western Australia on July 15, 1944. Ellen preceded him in death on April 19, 2001. He later married Elizabeth Bowman in Pendleton, Oregon on April 11, 2003. Prior to Mr. Jackson's retirement in 1989, he worked as a mechanic for various companies and when he retired, he worked for the Athena-Weston School District. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with family and friends.
Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife Elizabeth "Betty" Jackson of Walla Walla; five daughters and sons-in-law, Beverley and Leonard Pittman of Selah, Wash., Lorraine and David Harden of Beaverton, Ore., Helen and Laury Case of Kennewick, Wash., Frances and Zane (Beaver) Carson of Athena, Ore., Katherine Jackson of Pendleton, Ore.; two brothers, John Jackson of St. Paul, Ore., Richard Jackson of Milton-Freewater; three sisters, Rose Smith of Milwaukie, Ore., Betty Eldridge of Walla Walla; Joann Wells of Springfield, Ore., his much loved nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews and longtime family friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ellen Jackson; two sisters and a son-in-law Shane Hankins.