OBITUARY

Bruce Edwin Jackson

June 18, 1952August 24, 2020
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On June 18, 1952, Lonnie Ahart and Iwilta Jackson welcomed their first son, Bruce Edwin Jackson into the world. Iwilta married Robert Jackson, and he adopted Bruce. Bruce was one of eighteen sons and daughters.

Bruce was born in St. Louis Missouri, and was partially educated in Missouri. His Father was a member of the United States military. Therefore, Bruce lived in many states and in Germany. He began his primary education in Germany. He finished his primary and secondary education in the United States. While in school Bruce was a football player, a game he truly enjoyed.

Bruce moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1970 to attend Loyola University where he was a member of the football team. After graduating from Loyola with a major in psychology, Bruce furthered his education at Roosevelt and De Paul Universities with an emphasis in Computer Sciences.

Bruce worked professionally as Computer Systems Engineer for 24 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In his final years, Bruce worked at Alltown Bus Services transporting special education children to school. Bruce thoroughly enjoyed this position because of his love for children. The parents so appreciated Bruce’s dedication and concern of their children and widely complimented his demonstration of care. These parents requested him to drive their children to school in the summer of 2019.

Bruce met and married the love of his life, Wadeane C. Henry while a student at Loyola on July 13, 1974. To their marriage two children, Winona C Jackson and Bruce E Jackson II were born. He is also the grandfather of Zemarriya, Trimane, Tania, Taofiq and Je’riah.

Bruce was an exceptional family man and provided loving and meaningful support to both of his children, as well as many nephews and nieces. He welcomed many of these extended family members into their home and served as a surrogate parent to them. In many ways Uncle Bruce was the favorite “Uncle” earning that title because of his obvious love for children. He continued this legacy of love to his grandchildren, neighborhood and school friends of his children. He was lovingly referred to as “Uncle Bruce.”

Bruce joined with his wife, Wadeane and became an official “Registered Girl Scout” for seven years.

Bruce was a man of God growing up in the Baptist Church and converting to the Catholic Faith as an adult. He was dedicated to God, Church and family. Bruce Edwin Jackson, 68, transitioned from earth to eternal life on August 24, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

His wife, Wadeane Henry Jackson, his children Bruce E. Jackson II, and Winona Jackson, and grandchildren Zemarriya, Trimane, Tania, Taofiq and Je’riah will celebrate Bruce’s legacy. Also, his siblings: Sue Pulliam (Johnny), Robert Jackson, III, Willis Jackson, Charlotte Williams, Jerome Ahart (Joann), Richard Ahart (Jackie), Fred Ahart, Victor Ahart, Michael Ahart (Kathy), Teresa Ahart, Kyle Ahart (Mary Beth), and Scott Ahart (Karen).

Reverend Wanda Henry-Jenkins, Apostle Edith Henry-Wright (Elder Louis Wright), Benjamin R. Henry (Therese Marie), and Gina Green will remember Bruce. Mark White, Juanita Clarke, Robert Thompson (Larissa), Salahuden Thompson (Yasir), Theodore Thompson, Garrette Gardner, Michael Young (Nathalie), Eunice Trammell (Louis), Aubrey Davis, Reynar d Davis, Benjamin Henry II, Monique, Melvin Parks, Aquisha Rivera, Joshua Jenkins (Tiffanie) and Jazmine Jenkins will miss their Uncle greatly.

Bruce lived a blessed and bountiful life and was preceded in death his parents Robert and Iwilta Jackson and Lonnie Ahart. Also, his father-in-law Wade Henry Jr., his sisters Sylvia and Nita, brothers Charles and Eric Jackson. His brothers-in-law and friend, Reverend Samuel L. Jenkins, Jr., and Wade David Henry, sisters-in-law, Donna Thompson, Bonnie Brown, and Aquilla Akbar, nephew, Rahim Thompson and niece-in-law Jacqueline White preceded Bruce’s entrance into eternal life.

All will miss Bruce Edwin Jackson. He was extremely beloved by a host of other relatives, colleagues, and friends.

Livestream information: On Saturday, September 12th at 10:55 am, search for the Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home Facebook Page, then scroll down to Bruce's name to watch the service. The recording of the service will remain on this facebook page if you would like to watch it at a later time.

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Sam and Dee Sanders

September 12, 2020

We send our love and heartfelt sympathy to you during this difficult time. Please know that we are lifting you in prayer and faith that our Lord will comfort and strengthen you as only He can. God bless you.

Joanie King

September 12, 2020

To Wadeane, Nona, B-Jay & Grands,
There are no words I can say that can heal your hearts now. Just hold on to the memories that are dear to your hearts. Take solace in the love you had for one another, love never dies.
Love you all Joanie 🙏🏽❤

Dixie (Sue) Pulliam

September 12, 2020

I will always remember how our youngest brother was always attached to you like an extra appendage. Chuck was so heartbroken when you "left him and went to scholage". Love you always big brother.

Juanita Clarke

September 12, 2020

Uncle Bruce,

In life, you held my hand, taught me, nurtured me, listened to me, forgave me and protected me.

Thanks for showing me how to love and for always having my back,

I will honor your life through mine, and will miss you dearly in the process.

With Love Always,

NitaRi

Janice Duplex

August 27, 2020

Wadene and Family, So very sorry for your loss. May Bruce’s memory be a blessing. Janice Duplex

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