Robert John Jackson

Born: Wed., Nov. 9, 1938
Died: Sun., Apr. 28, 2019

Graveside Service

10:00 AM Wed., May 01, 2019

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It is with great sadness that Robert John Jackson aka: “Bob”, ”Dad” ,”Pops”, ” Pop Pop”, “Bobby Jack”, ”Jackson” and other names we will save for later, passed away on 04/28/2019.

Bob being the strong, determined man that he was, battled lung disease (COPD) for a long time. The last 3 years was done courageously, with few complaints until he took his last breath. Bob’s faithful, devoted dog “Rebel” was by his side the entire time.

Bob is survived by his wife Diane, who he eloped with, in North Carolina, in May of 2009. A son, Douglas (Robin) of Rutland, daughter Kristi Jackson (Bruce Rolfe) of Hooksett, NH. Two step children, Shelia Fowler (Carl Holmquist) of Chittenden, and Brian Fowler (Lynn) of Benson.

He has two special grandchildren, Shelby Jackson “Miss Shelby”, and Kiara Fowler “Little Missy” who will miss him tremendously, four step grandchildren and his former wife Brenda Neumire of Pembroke, NH. We are blessed to have great children who have all helped us over the last few years. Thank you so much!

Bob was born on Nov 9th, 1938 in Manchester, CT to John Olaf Jackson and Edna Irwin Jackson. Bob had a younger brother Douglas that have all pre-deceased him.

Bob’s early education was in Manchester, CT where he went to trade school. He worked on the 400  acre family owned tobacco farm (no wonder he smoked). Bob joined the Army at 17 and was in the Federal Reserve for 8 years.

Bob was a machinist by trade, moving to Florida for Mal Tool with his family. He was transferred to VT in the early sixties to become the plant manager in the Rutland plant till he retired in 1995.

After Bob retired, he would go to Shaw’s garage everyday to give his good friend Mike a helping hand and to get his free coffee.

Bob has done it all, made a lot of money, spent a lot of money, drank, smoked, owned a Harley, Corvette, 4 wheelers, speed boats, guns, pickups, camp on Sunset Lake, log cabin on Perch Pond Road (hunting season hang-out) and his house with 80 acres. He also belonged to NRA, Rutland Elks, and Castleton Legion.

Bob loved to hunt, fish, watch humming birds, grow a beautiful garden (with NO WEEDS), watch NASCAR, tennis matches and the Bloomberg channel on TV and read every newspaper he could get his hands on.

Bob’s family learned to appreciate a strong work ethic. A tribute to a man that lead by example and rarely through words. President Calvin Coolidge said “Any reward that is worth having only comes to the industrious. The success which is made in any walk of life is measured almost exactly by the amount of hard work that is put into it”. That could be words out of Bob’s mouth.

Bob loved to build things, and fix whatever was broken. Nothing was EVER out of place in his garage. We hope and pray we can live up to his standards.

The one thing he enjoyed the most was the property purchased in 2000 to build our house on. Bob put endless hours building the driveway, clearing the land, making trails with his Kubota tractor, and moving every rock up back…down front, one bucketful at a time. That all paid off because of the last two and half years all he could do was to sit on the couch and enjoy his property out the living room window.

Bob really enjoyed all the visits from Donald, Ed, Tim, Mike, the Clifford’s and his special cousin Marti. Thanks to everyone else that stopped by, called or sent a note. It meant a lot during these difficult last years.

We would also like to give a heartfelt thanks to Patty Thornton for all the excellent care over the years. Bob would not have had all the time he has had without all your special care and concerns. Also, a special thanks to nurse Laura Dame of Addison County Hospice for her much appreciated house calls, and to Kori Mitchell for his last few hours. Also special thanks to Tim Boyd, Sue DeGraw, and Lynn for coming in and sitting with him for the last few weeks when he needed a little extra help. But most of all the First National Bank of Orwell, and all the staff for covering for me (Diane) for the last 3 years so I could go home to fix breakfast, help with meds, and whatever else came up, at times that weren’t always the best time to leave. The State of Vermont is trying to pass a family leave bill in this legislative session to allow just what I have been doing for the last 3 years. I am very blessed to work where I do. Thank you so much to each of my Bank family.

Graveside service with military honors will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, in Orwell on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 10 AM. Officiated by friend, Thomas Eddy, Pastor., with a reception to follow at Castleton American Legion Post #50.

Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers can be donated to Orwell Village School Boosters Club C/O First National Bank of Orwell, PO Box 38, Orwell, VT 05760.

Rest in peace…Breathe Easy!!!

Arrangements by Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.






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   Posted Thu May 09, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. I know it’s hard to go through this pain, but I hope you may find comfort in knowing that God cares about how you feel and that He promises that “there is going to be a resurrection.” (Acts 24:15) (1 Peter 5:7) Won’t that be wonderful to see our loved ones again! I hope this promise brings you comfort as it does me.

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