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Obituary for George Leroy Jackson, Jr.
Early Monday morning, July 13th, 2015, George Leroy Jackson Jr. lost his battle with cancer and was called home to our Lord and Savior. George was born on January 24th, 1935 in Steele, North Dakota to the late George Sr. and Francis Norling Jackson. He grew up on the family farm between Napoleon and Dawson, where he lived and learned the life of cattle and hogs. He attended High School in Dawson, graduating in 1952, and continued his education for 3 quarters at North Dakota State University where he met his soon to be bride, Grace. George had the calling to serve his Country and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. 2 days before his discharge went into effect, he and Grace were married on the 28th of January, 1955. George did a lateral transfer into the U.S. Army and did an overseas tour in Germany. Upon his arrival home, he and Grace worked on the family farm in Steele through the winter and the following spring they found their own farm in Wing. There they started their family and building a dairy farm. In 1979, they made the decision, with the Lord leading them, to leave North Dakota in search of new opportunities, and moved to the Mission Valley in Montana. They continued their search making friends in communities throughout Wyoming and Montana, until finally settling down in Big Timber in 2000. George pursued many trades from farming, ranching, working with bees and making honey, to home construction, and on to his last trade of working security at the East Boulder Mine in Big Timber. He really enjoyed getting to know and visit with people at work and on the long bus rides to the mine. His stories of life experiences were enjoyed by all. George loved people, was always able to strike up a conversation with just about anyone and find a common ground to visit about. George was involved in scores of activities, even as a young man, being on the North Dakota Elevator Board, American Red Cross, Farmers Union, 4H Leader, Habitat for Humanity, 56 years in the American Legion, North Dakota Dairy Board, an Elder and Deacon in numerous churches, Sunday School teacher, and a member of the Wool Growers Association. George loved his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren giving them support whenever and where ever he could. George is survived by his children; Ilsa (Mike) McKenzie of Missoula., George C. (Carmen) Jackson of Bismarck, ND, Orban (Ruth) Jackson of Lima, MT, Matthew (Cheryl) Jackson of Worland, WY, Cara (Jeff) Jones of Big Timber, MT, and June (Weston) Schettler of Garrison, ND. Grandchildren; Alex, Jackson and Hunter McKenzie of Missoula, MT, Janet (Brian) Kittleson of Portland, OR, Carlie (Nels) Estvold of Fairbanks, AK, Crystal (Tom) Richmond of Fargo, ND, Christen (Rusty) Burgett of Ames, IA, Farin (Kyle)Talbott of Alder, MT, Jamie (Steven) Snyder of Worland, WY, Jeremy Jackson of Worland, WY, Garrett Jones of Billings, MT, Colton Jones of Big Timber, MT, Laci, Savannah and Trinadie of Garrison, ND, great-grandsons Charlie and Caleb of Fargo, ND, and great granddaughters Macaila, Callie and Lexie of Alder, MT, and Sophia of Worland, WY. George was preceded in death by his wife Grace, his parents and his grandson Calvin Jackson. Memorial in George's name may be made to: American Legion Post #19, PO Box 51, Big Timber, MT 59011 or to the Big Timber Senior Center, PO Box 298, Big Timber, MT 59011.
2:00 P.M. Saturday
July 18, 2015
Big Timber Evangelical Church
Stenberg Funeral Home
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