Koops Funeral Chapel

935 4th Ave, Lake Odessa, MI


Elden Jackson

November 6, 1931July 22, 2020

Elden Jackson, born November 6, 1931, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, after reaching the age of 88 years old. After a brief time of failing health, he passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family – in person and in spirit. Elden had a love of painting, home building, farming, and serving others. He was honored to have had a piece of his artwork displayed at Art Prize. He donated many hours of his time and talent to numerous individuals and organizations, including moving the United Brethren Church onto a new foundation and then building an addition to the existing structure. He was also responsible for the construction of Faith Bible Church. Elden spent many months doing construction projects at Camp Living Waters. Many individuals have benefited from his help and experience, including the countless young men he mentored, helping them become productive, conscientious, and successful. Elden was known for his hard work and energetic spirit well into his later years. He took great pride in doing a job and doing it well; mediocrity or “good enough” were not part of his vocabulary. Elden’s innate belief in others’ abilities weren’t bound by age or gender; he expected everyone to pull their weight and contribute at the highest level – from having his children pick rocks in the field before school to enlisting his grandchildren to plant backyard gardens. Elden empowered and inspired everyone to show up, work hard, and do their best. Elden was preceded in death by his parents Homer and Thelma Jackson, his wife W. Marilee (Shellenbarger) Jackson, sister Mae Jewel Mauer, brother John Jackson, sister-in-law Betty Jackson, and brother-in-law Leroy Thomas. He is survived by his lovely partner Nettie Koops with whom he finished his life enjoying her gracious company, son Elden Michael (Susan) Jackson, daughters Sue (Chris) vanEe, Shellie (Ron) Schelter, and Sallie (Greg) Stambaugh. 16 Grandchildren, 39 Great Grandchildren, and 5 Great Great Grandchildren. Siblings Joe Jackson, Erma Thomas, Pat (Margaret) Mauer, Carolyn Jackson, Claudia (Bill) Barker, Lee (Carol) Jackson, Paul (Judy) Jackson, Bruce Jackson, and Kathie (Charles) Scofield. Numerous nieces and nephews and a slew of other Jacksons. Elden’s characteristic smile, bright blue eyes, checkered shirt and leather vest, and the generous use of “pot-licker” as a term of endearment, were a source of playfulness and comfort to his family and friends. Elden was a strong, generous, proud, and good man. He leaves a strong legacy of faith, work ethic, servant leadership, no-nonsense, and practical approach to life. He is loved and will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Clarksville Bible Church. In addition, Elden would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone else – something he often did and of which he expected no recognition. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Clarksville Bible Church, Clarksville, Michigan. Interment will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa, Michigan. Online condolences can be left at www.koopsfc.com.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

  • Interment

    Saturday, July 25, 2020


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Ron & Marlene McDiarmid

August 9, 2020

We have many great memories of Elden.  He was a truly wonderful person.  I have never met anyone with such a huge energy reserve.  He could work circles around most people.  He was a kind and generous person that taught both of us a lot about hard work.  He will be missed.

Terri Slade

July 26, 2020

In 1999 my husband & I organized the Zimmerfest to honor Don Zimmer, a friend who had died.  He was a lawyer, tree farmer & banjo player.  We held it in his woods & invited friends, family & musicians.  I called Elden to see if he’d do a pig roast for us.  He said when he found out I was Lyle Faulkner’s daughter he knew he had to say yes.  It was a grand time with the delicious pig being enjoyed by 50 - 60 people while listening to music.  Elden was so gracious and seemed to enjoy it too.  I still have fond memories of him being there.  What a nice man he was.  We are sorry for your loss.


July 25, 2020

NETTIE so sorry to hear of Elden passing- keeping you in our prayer and his family.  Didn't hear until paper came and then was to late.


July 24, 2020

Elden always made you feel  he was glad to see you ..... and I think he was!


July 24, 2020

Although raised down south, our family was blessed to spend time up north many years ago where our daughter Susan  met and married Mike, Elden's son. The rest is history. It has been a blessing to feel the tremendous influence Elden has had on his family through his son and now, there are 3 more generations of Jackson-West descendants. Thankful to have known him and thankful for his life. He will be missed. See you later, Elden.Nelda West, Melvin & Sandy (West) Morris Susan's sister

John and Jane Cook

July 23, 2020

Thoughts and prayers for the Jackson family, especially Ron and Shellie.  We think of you often and pray for you and your family. 


July 23, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to the Jackson family , Elden was the most helpful and caring person I know , he has been our landlord for years and was always understanding and kind , he will be missed rest in heaven 

Karen Leiter

July 22, 2020

Omg, so when I read your obit., I realize I am related to alot more people then I thought. I will miss you, and seeing you around. Thank you for spending time with my Dad (your cousin), before he went to Heaven. Hugs to all of the Jacksons and all family. 

Elizabeth Garcia

July 22, 2020

I will always remember Elden for his kindness. He was such a careing and helpful individual! My husband David and I got to know him throughout the years and had so many great memories! Hugs to Nettie and all his family he will be missed. Elizabeth and David Garcia

Lorna &Alan Brecheisen

July 22, 2020

I learned a lot about roofing from Elden while helping to frame in Faith Bible Church and he also came and put the rafters up when we built our house on Brown Road. I have nothing but good memories of him and his entire family. Condolences to his family. I pray you all will have peace in knowing he’s with the Lord and that you will all follow him there.


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