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William E. "Bill" Jackson

William Edward "Bill" Jackson, age 80, of Hot Springs, formerly of Philip, passed from this life on Thursday, October 11, 2007, at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs, following a long illness with Parkinson's disease and pancreatic cancer.

Services were held Monday, October 15, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Ushers were Gary Block, Mark Coyle and Wayne Nelson. Pallbearers were Bob Bork, Randy Fuhrer, Jesse Hansen, Darrin Jackson, Wesley Nelson and Neil Tolton. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Finck, Allen Iversen, Waldo Armstrong and Jerry Hunt.

Interment with military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard was at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with Chaplain Wil Olsen officiating.

William "Bill" Edward Jackson was born November 1, 1926, at his grandparents' (William Augusta Voelker) home in rural Lyman County to Robert William and Charlotte Isabel (Voelker) Jackson.

He attended elementary school in rural Mellette Co., Rosebud, the boarding school at Mission and Wood. He continued his education in Presho for grades nine through 11. He was drafted during his junior year and entered the U.S. Marine Corps on January 19, 1945. He proudly served his country and believed-once a Marine, always a Marine. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary diploma from the Presho High School. Education was very important to Bill and he always wished to have completed high school.

On November 20, 1948, Bill married Alice Marie Waldron at her parents' home north of Presho, SD. Two children were born to them: Constance Leigh and Edwin Jay Jackson.

Bill married Marcia Alyce (Nelson) Butler February 18, 1983, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, SD. Bill became the stepfather to Betty Ann, Richard and Lane Butler. Bill and Marcia made their home in Midland until October 1995 when they moved to Philip and then to Hot Springs in July 2005.

Bill spent most of his working life ranching and enjoying the outdoors. He especially enjoyed working at the Western Cattle Co. for five years north of Philip on the Cheyenne River, for the Herman and Gordon "Doc" Bork Ranch for 25 years west of Okaton/Murdo and the Diamond Ring Ranch for nearly 15 years under different owners north of Midland.

Bill was an avid athlete with baseball as his favorite sport. He often remembered games he pitched and friends he met at these events. One of his most treasured keepsakes was a letter of recommendation to a baseball scout of the Western League of his abilities. He enjoyed watching his children as they developed their athletic skills and proudly remembered details of all events. Bill counted his wealth in friends and worked his loop to make the circle ever larger.

He was a member of the American Legion Post of Midland, SD.

Bill is survived by his wife, Marcia (Nelson) Jackson; his children, Constance Leigh O'Bryan and her fiancé, Thomas Fagan of Anaheim, CA, and Edwin Jay (Mari) Jackson of Nebraska City, NE; stepchildren, Betty Ann (Melvin) Buchheim of Highmore, SD, Richard Oliver (Carrie) Butler, Casselton, ND, and Lane Allen (Bette) Butler, Enning, SD; his grandchildren, Craig, Eric and Todd Ching, Jay, Joe and Ashley Jackson, Brandon Butler, Dena Martin, Soren and Mari Butler; a brother, Robert (Ada) Jackson, of Murdo; two sisters, Nancy (Lowell) Iversen of Murdo and Isabel (Dale) Valburg of Horsefly, British Columbia, Canada; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Charlotte Jackson; and a brother, Clifford Wayne Jackson.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.