OBITUARY

William Carl Jackson

August 3, 1951October 10, 2020

October 10, 2020, William C. “Bill” Jackson, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away from cancer at the age of 69 at his home in East Lansing. Bill was born August 3, 1951 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. After he graduated from Mount Clemens High School, he attended Michigan State University where he earned his degree in accounting and met the love of his life, Sharon.

Bill loved people, and would run into friends seemingly wherever he went. He was easy to talk to and a genuine person who cared about others and was always willing to help out. He loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandkids; and, he loved connecting with others, especially throughout his almost fifty years working in Michigan healthcare.

Bill held many positions over his career. He started in Financial Services at the Lapeer County General Hospital before taking a job at the Charlevoix Area Hospital where he spent most of his career and became the President and CEO. Most recently he had been delighted to be living again in East Lansing and working for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association as a senior Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer. He was a member of Rotary, the Michigan Association of CPAs, and former Chair of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Board of Trustees. Over his career Bill worked with many people, hospitals, and other organizations focused on improving healthcare for all Michiganders.

Bill loved all things Michigan State University. He was a proud alumnus and went to great lengths to keep up with MSU sports. It wasn’t unusual for him to plan a stop around tipoff time if he was traveling, or listen to the game on his car’s radio in the driveway. Bill was a committed supporter. He also was a lifelong Tigers fan and especially enjoyed taking in a game during spring training in Florida.

If there was one thing people could agree on that knew Bill, it was that he exhibited a joy for life. Not even a hip replacement could stop him from taking a trip down the pool slide. He loved reading, and coffee with cream. He enjoyed searching out new places to eat, and having a beer with friends. He loved getting his family together for holidays or vacations, and took joy in planning for the ones he loved. Bill was a devoted grandfather who made it to every sporting event even though he was going through chemo therapy. We will miss Bill’s jokes and stories and the laughter that accompanied them. We will miss his thoughtfulness, his guidance, his Chex mix, and his indomitable spirit. Bill will be remembered as a kind and genuine colleague, mentor and friend, beloved husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Bill is survived by his wife Sharon Jackson (Wuchte), children Dan (Lindsay) Jackson, and Andrea (Steve Viger) Jackson and grandchildren Caitlyn, Casey, Chase, Lily, Dotty, Sawyer and Silas. Preceding him in death are his parents C. Robert Jackson and Willagene (Hotchkiss) Jackson.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s honor to the Charlevoix Area Humane Society, https://www.charlevoixhumane.org/support/online-donations.

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Cathy Wonski

October 22, 2020

Bill hired 2 eager young female physicians 25 years ago to start the Boyne Area Medical Center. He was kind ,transparent and extremely supportive. He really cared about patients and delivering excellence in healthcare. He also really cared about ALL of his staff. My thoughts and prayers are with you Sharon and your family.
Cathy Wonski

Geralyn Doskoch

October 20, 2020

Dear Sharon and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, what a beautiful obituary and tribute to a life well lived.
He was one of the first persons I met when moving to Charlevoix in 1995 and he was always kind, helpful and smiling. We liked sharing stories of my daughter and Bill's granddaughter, who were born within hours of each other at Charlevoix hospital in 1999. He will be greatly missed, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
With love,
Geralyn Doskoch

Cindy Busman

October 15, 2020

I remember fondly all the years of morning coffee at my desk. Hearing all the stories of your kids and grandkids and the love, pride, and joy you had for them were special times. The years you were "the King" were the best times at Charlevoix Area Hospital. You have been missed here for the last seven years and will continue to be missed. Be at peace.

Todd Wright

October 14, 2020

Thank you Bill for the great example you set for myself and others. You made an impression on me with your genuine concern and approachability for all around you. I feel that I am a better person for having known you.

Dianne Litzenburger

October 14, 2020

My condolences to your family. I knew and worked with Bill when I was a newspaper reporter, when I joined Northern Michigan Hospital, and also through Michigan Health and Hospital Association. A true gentleman and caring individual. RIP.

Marlene Maltese

October 14, 2020

Remembering his many years of devotion to Charlevoix Area Hospital. Those were the days when work was like an extended family. Bill always had a big smile and a personable greeting. My condolences to his family.

Susan Niswonger

October 14, 2020

Bill was the nicest and kindest person I have ever known. His love for his family was always foremost. I will miss that wonderful smile that was always there. Rest in Peace Bill.

Sharon Jackson

October 14, 2020

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Sharon Jackson

October 14, 2020

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