OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Edward Jackson

January 21, 1954April 1, 2021
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Robert “Bob” Edward Jackson, 67, of Collinsville, IL, peacefully passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born January 21, 1954 in Etobicoke, Ontario to Roy and Jean (McPherson) Jackson. He married Gwen Emmons on July 25, 1975 in Brampton, Ontario and together, they shared 46 years of marriage. She survives and resides in Collinsville, IL.

Also surviving are his children and grandchildren: son, Darren (Leslie) Jackson of Nashville, TN and their children, Rosalie, Eric and Elizabeth; daughter, Melissa (Daniel) Loftus of Belleville, IL and their son, Ryan; his sister, Linda Noblett of Canada; and his aunt and uncle, Alex & Joan McCulloch.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jill White; and brother-in-law, Brian Noblett.

Bob proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for 22 years. Before his retirement in 2003, he earned his nursing degree and continued with his career as a Registered Nurse with DaVita Dialysis Clinic. Bob was a member of the Shiloh Eagles 545. He loved his favorite hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs and spending his free time on the golf course. Above all else, Bob loved and cherished his family. His loss leaves a painful void, but the memories of him will be treasured forever.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association or to the Wounded Warrior Project. Additional condolences may be sent to the family through this online guestbook.

A visitation for Bob will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 3:00 P.M.- 7:00 P.M. at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL 62208. Cremation rites will follow. Interment will be at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, where military honors will be rendered.

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Kathy Carroll

April 7, 2021

Bob,

May the angel band escort you to your immortal home. Rest In Peace now. Your work is done. So many memories from Travis.

Kathy Carroll

Leslie Jackson

April 6, 2021

Our beloved dad has passed away. He waited to see Darren, me and the kids before resting. I will forever be grateful to him for giving me Darren and for treating me like a daughter. He was truly a wonderful loving man and taught us so much about love for life and family. His laughter, jokes, advice and love will be missed.

Janet Baldwin

April 5, 2021

Gwen
Keeping you & your family in my thoughts & prayers.

Joan McCulloch

April 5, 2021

My memories of Robert go all the way back to his birth here in Canada . He was a wonderful nephew and a fine human being. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a great zest for life which we greatly enjoyed. Over the years he has followed the acting career of our son, Scott, with interest even though they are separated by many miles. When Scott did an episode of Mayday about a plane crash in which Scott played an air traffic controller, Scott called Robert for help with understanding some of the terminology used on the script. Bob had been an air traffic controller when he lived here in Canada and he was happy to assist Scott. His advice was very helpful and when the episode aired Bob made sure to watch it. In fact, he watched it more than once. That was many years ago but over all of those years whenever my husband and i saw Bob when he visited Canada or we visited he and Gwen in the US he never forgot to ask about Scott. Bob was a very special guy and I know that his passing leaves a huge whole in the hearts of his loving family but I hope that they can take comfort in all of the wonderful memories that he left them. Rest in peace, dear Bobby.

Mike and Shellie Knight

April 4, 2021

When Mike went to nursing school at Maryville, who knew that he would find a forever friend?! Bobby J helped him stay motivated and kept him laughing through it all. After graduation, our "Drinkers Without Borders" trips to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic were full of shenanigans. Bob never met a stranger, and could make you feel like the most important and most interesting person in the room.

Sending our deepest condolences to Gwen and the kids. Darren and Melissa, he was always so proud of both of you and all that you accomplished. When he recently spoke of his grandkids, it was clear that they were the light of his life!

The world was a better place because of Bobby J, and he will surely be missed. Much Love! - Mike, Shellie, Tasha & Ty

Bob Bennett

April 4, 2021

Bob and I met while working at the Brampton Golf Club in Brampton, Ontario many years ago as teenagers. We quickly became great friends and were the best man at each other’s weddings. Bob was a very honest and generous person. He had a warm smile and friendly personality that everyone loved. Bob will be missed dearly but I have many great memories of him that I will treasure. If more people were like Bob the world would be a better place. Our deepest sympathies go out to Gwen, Darren and Melissa and their families at this difficult time.

Gwen Jackson

April 4, 2021

It is with great sadness that the man I have been with for 46 years will no longer be with me. We met & married in Canada & Darren was born there. He joined the Air Force in 1982 & Melissa was born there at Travis AFB that year. Last assignment was Scott AFB. We had a wonderful life together boating, cruises, many trips. He truly loved me & the kids & his 4 grandchildren. He had a way with people & was loved by all. I will miss you so much Bobby. We will be together soon & have a cocktail. love Gwen

Melissa Loftus

April 4, 2021

My dad, Not only is he my dad but he is my best friend. They sure are right that the bond that a daughter shares with her dad is unbreakable. I learned so many life lessons from my dad. He was one of the hardest working people I know. He always had 2-3 jobs and I certainly got my work ethic from him. He always taught me to work hard for the things you want. I am sure proud to be his daughter. He loved life to the fullest. My Dad could always make you laugh. He gave the best tube rides behind the boat and when my dad was driving you never had to worry about your safely. He always put others first. He had a wonderful laugh and his smile could light up a room. He loved his grandchildren so much and was so proud to be a Grandpa. He touched so many lives that I had no idea until reading through the condolences . Some have even said they wouldn’t be where they were today if it weren’t for my dad. Well I wouldn’t be where I am today without my dad’s guidance and patience. He truly is a special person and this world will certainly be a duller place without him in it. I love you Dad and will miss you every day of my life! Until we meet again “sarge”

Ray Flaiz

April 3, 2021

I served with Bob at the 57th AES. He was funny, quick witted, and a hoot to be around. Though Canadian by birth he loved America. Sorry to hear he passed. My prayers of comfort for his family.

Teri Dallimore

April 3, 2021

Laurence and I send our deepest sympathies to Gwen, Melissa, Darren , grandchildren and extended family. From memories of your wedding in 1975 to seeing you all in SC , your laugh and interesting discussions will always bring a smile to us. You will be missed.
Rest in peace friend. ❤

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