Duane R. Jackson

Duane R. Jackson

Duane passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Otsego.

He was born December 13, 1948 in Plainwell the son of Orville and Dorothy (Gailey) Jackson. Duke proudly served his country in the US Navy during Vietnam. He was a 1968 Otsego High School graduate and for 33 years had worked at Menasha until it closed. He had also been a driver for Metro Transit of Kalamazoo until his retirement in 2011 and went on to work at Shamrock Hills Golf Course where he could be found every day. He was an avid golfer and had been Club Champion.

In his spare time Duke enjoyed hunting, fishing, following NASCAR, especially Mark Martin and U of M Sports. On April 11, 1969 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego he married Mary Jo Rouse who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Patrick Jackson of Otsego, Michael (Kim) Jackson of Otsego, Brian (Spring) Jackson of Portland, OR and Janine Jackson (Geoff) of Battle Creek; 5 grandchildren, Hunter, Addison, Molly, Kira and Harlon and his siblings, Robert (Cheryl) Jackson, Dennis Jackson and Denise (Derek) Looman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Orville Jr. and Jim Jackson; in-laws, Fay and Dolores Rouse and by his niece, Amy.

Friends may visit with Duke’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a time of remembrance at 7:30 P.M. with Celebrant, Bill Rose. 

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Ben Huynh officiating.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Duke may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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  1. Teri Laster says:

    Jo & family, I am so sorry to hear of Duke’s passing. I will keep all of you in my thoughts & prayers. Keep your precious memories close & may they bring you comfort & peace.

  2. Sue Lindsey says:

    Jo and Family…Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time……Keep your memories close ………….May you feel the love of our Heavenly Father surround you through the coming days giving you peace and comfort.

  3. Tom & Susan (Jerrett) Sawasky says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Duke’s passing. He was a good guy whom everyone liked. Hugs and prayers to Jo and family!! All the wonderful memories he leaves behind will bring you comfort. RIP dear classmate!!!!!

  4. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Oh dear friends! We are just so sad! There are too many things that we have gone through and done over the course of 50 years to put it all on here! We love you guys so much! Your family is OUR family, too! We pray every single night for all of you and please always know we will ALWAYS be here for you! Heaven certainly gained a terrific Angel in their midst! Our memories will live on with us and in our kids – we have told them so many things that we have experienced together! Be strong and have faith! Love and hugs!

  5. Terry and Connie Brenner says:

    Dearest Jo and family. We are so sorry to hear this news. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Jacque Jennings-Carter says:

    Jo and family, There isn’t anything I can say that will take away the loss or hurt but know that if any of us could, we all would. Please know that this is heartbreaking to learn. I am so very sorry for your and your family’s loss. You were such lovebirds! What memories you have made! I hope you will feel the love of everyone who loves you and in that you will find some comfort and peace. I also hope you know that you can reach out and ask for help from any of us any time you find the need. Take your time, grieve and do whatever it is you need to do to find comfort for yourself and your family.

  7. Rita Honeysett says:

    Jo and family, I hope you find some comfort in a life well lived. Prayers for all.

  8. Michael K Pearson says:

    Duke was always a blast! Great guy! My prayers are with the Jackson family.

  9. Jim & Bonnie Hoffman says:

    Jo and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Duke was such a great friend to me when I worked at Menasha, I am so glad that I and Norm got to have breakfast together a few months ago with him. Rest in Peace my great friend you will be missed by so many.

  10. Mark Pearson says:

    Jo & family so very sorry hear about Duke passing away, my thought and prayers go out to you and your family, I have so many wonderful memories of going camping at MIS with Duke.

  11. Paula )Knowles) Beard says:

    Mary Jo and family. I am so sad to hear of this news. Know that I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and that God will give you the strength you need in those times when you need to focus, and always

  12. Robert and Cheryl and family, says:

    So sorry we are missing, you are so much in our heart ,

  13. Donna Tharge(Moyer) says:

    Mary Jo and family: So sorry to hear of Dukes passing. Prayers are offered up from myself to all your family. I really didn’t know Duke that well, but knew more of him. Such a sweet guy. God Bless each one of you. Lean on Jesus for comfort. He is always there for you.

  14. Patti Hewitt says:

    Jo and family,

    Shocked and saddened to read about Duke. So very sorry for your loss. Having lost a spouse myself can relate to your broken heart.
    Be kind and gentle with yourself.

  15. Al. Betty LaCoss says:

    Our prayers and best wishes go out to you and your family. He will be mlssed by a great deal of friends.

  16. Jerri Pursley says:

    Jo, Pat and Family,
    So sorry for the loss of Duke. I’ll miss him at the golf course working with me and bugging me. Loved working with him. Jo, if there’s any thing I can do, I’m here. May God’s love surround you and your family at this time and always. You’re in my heart and prayers.

  17. Bob Miles says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Duke. I had the pleasure of coaching Duke in baseball and football. In football Duke was a hard hitting defensive back – making the league all-star team. He was very polite and quiet. Quiet because his buddies were Tom Waldon and Denny Corradini (they were a fun threesome). Duke will be missed by many – he was special !!

  18. Ron Strater says:

    Dear Jo and Family,
    I was shocked and saddened when I heard of Duke’s passing. He was an excellent athlete and a long time friend. You have my sympathy.

  19. Dylan and Amy Steele says:

    Dear Jo and Family
    We are so sorry to hear the news of Duke’s passing, you all our in our thoughts and prayers may God be with you all during this time and in the days to come to bring you all strength , comfort and peace! Thinking of you all ! God Bless !!!!

  20. Maryln Langeance says:

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all

  21. Roger Bloom says:

    Dear Mary Jo and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Duke’s passing. I was lucky to come back to Michigan the last two summers to be able to play some fun golf with Duke and the guys. I hope that time will eventually heal and know now that Duke is no longer in pain.

  22. Arch Woodstock says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of one of my high school friends. Duke was a fun loving super athletic guy who always made whatever you were doing seem better. Praying for God’s comfort for the family. Arch Woodstock

  23. Bart and Evelyn Steele says:

    Jo and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your sorrow, just wanted you to know we are thinking of you at this time. You will be in our prayers.

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