Arthur Jackson Jr.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Arthur "Bud" Jackson Jr., 82, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at the Missouri Veterans Home.

Born July 15, 1925, in Charleston, Mo., he was one of two children born to Arthur E. and Frances "Izola" (Bryant) Jackson Sr. He and Julia K. Jackson were married Aug. 17, 1947, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

Bud was a 1944 graduate of Charleston High School. On March 2, 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was inducted at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri. He was a combat infantry machine gunner serving in the battles and campaigns of Northern France, the Ardennes and the Rhineland. His decorations and citations include the American Theatre Ribbon, European-African Middle-Eastern Theatre Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal with one Overseas Bar. He was honorably discharged from the Army on May 14, 1946, at Jefferson Barracks.

At the conclusion of his Army service, Bud returned to Cape Girardeau and attended Southeast Missouri State University. His military career continued as he and other local veterans established the 140th National Guard Infantry Regiment, 135th Infantry Division in Cape Girardeau. In 1946, he became a charter enlister and served as the first company sergeant. He was later promoted to command sergeant major. In 1950, he became full-time with the unit and was instrumental in its various reorganizations. In 1985, he retired from the unit now known as the "1140th."

For his service, Bud was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Conspicuous Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and various other decorations.

Bud worked part time on weekends at the former Buckner-Ragsdale Department Store for 28 years and four years as a purchasing agent for Southeast Missouri State University.

Bud was a former deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau, where he and Julia were members for more than 50 years.

Loving survivors include his wife of 60 years; three sons, Bill (Debbie) Jackson of St. Louis, Robert (Kathy) Jackson of Jonesboro, Ark., Tom (Angie) Jackson of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Sue (Stan) Cook of Farmington, Mo.; and a brother-in-law, Charles (Rhoda) Jackson of Spokane, Wash.

Also surviving are eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, William.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau and after 12:30 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau.

The funeral is at 1 p.m. Monday at the church, with the Rev. Paul Kabo officiating. Burial will follow at New Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau or the Missouri Veterans Home. Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.