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Jeffrey D. Jackson

Posted By Winkel Funeral Home On January 2, 2019 @ 5:28 pm In Obituaries | 23 Comments


Jeff went to be with the Lord and reunited with his father and brother, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at his mother’s home in Plainwell after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born February 16, 1968 in Plainwell the son of Ron and Sue (Reed) Jackson-Shumaker. He had been a truck driver and a care giver at Plainwell Pines Nursing Home. Jeff was a nature lover with a gentle soul. He loved all animals and birds. He was a big jokester, an avid photographer and gardener and loved spending time with his family and traveling with his son.

Surviving are his mother, Sue Shumaker; step-father, Dave DeKam; son, Matthew Jackson, ex-wife, Shelly and her daughter, Jayden; special grandmother, Madeline Reed; aunts and uncles, Clovis Reed, Clarence Reed, Wanda (Hutch Hutchinson) Morris, Jo Golden, Jerry (Pat) Reed, Ruth Rhoades, Donna Reed-Hall, Ken (Dort) Reed, Doug Reed, John Reed and Eric Reed. Many cousins including Kelli Morris, Shannon Golden and Tami Hickman-Wise who were like sisters to Jeff and best friends, Donny Bacon and Monica Maxson and her daughter, Hali.

He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Jason; grandparents, Adolph Reed and Bob and Betty Jackson; his uncles, Allen and Rick and aunt, Linda Jackson.

Friends may visit with Jeff’s family starting at 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 4, 2019, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Mike Risner officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Jeff may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Condolences for the family of “Jeffrey D. Jackson”

Condolence from Ruby Rogers on January 2nd, 2019 6:58 pm

I knew Jeff when I worked at Dollar general in otsego, I always thought he was kind and he would always make us laugh, he would come in after work or right before work he used to buy his cat food, and talk alot about his cats. I’m sorry for your loss, and I’m happy to see he reunited with his father and brother and the best part the Lord, prayers are with the family at this time.

Condolence from Lynne Boss Fahrne on January 2nd, 2019 11:10 pm

My deepest sympathy to the family . God bless you with peace, love, guidence and comfort. I’m sorry for your loss my dear friend Donna. Hugs, love and prayers.

Condolence from Terry VanLent on January 2nd, 2019 11:30 pm

Sue, I am so sorry for your loss, I can’t even begin to know the pain you must be feeling, I’m praying that God will ease your pain, much love, Terry

Condolence from Leslie on January 3rd, 2019 3:07 am

So sorry for your loss of Jeff. I didn’t know him well, but remember him from my childhood. I will keep chanting for him in his afterlife and for his mother, Sue, who is also a kind & gentle soul.

Condolence from Phyllis ann Whitaker Summey Indiana on January 3rd, 2019 9:01 am

So sorry for your lose Sue I know how you are feeling .Lost my son Jesse to lung cancer in Sept 25th of this year . may the lord help you to stand tall .SO SO SORRY HONEY LOVE YOU COUSIN ANN

Condolence from Jerry and Judy Shumaker on January 3rd, 2019 10:25 am

Dear Sue and Matt. We just read the obituaries in today’s paper and were so saddened to read that you lost Jeff yesterday. OMG, What a shock. We are so very sorry for your loss of Jeff. We know what a special son he was. I remember running into him many times over the years at Harding’s but had not seen him in a very long time. Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with you and Matt and family. May you all find peace as you go through the coming days and months.

Condolence from Tami Hickman-Wise on January 3rd, 2019 10:42 am

Aunt Sue, where to start. I loved Jeff with all my heart, he was not just your run of the mill cousin but your best friend and brother. He had a heart as big as the world! I have so many memories of us as kids playing at Grandmas house on holidays. Jeff and I favorite was he was Batman and Wonderwoman. We could play for hours. Nothing ever changed our feelings for each other even growing up and me moving away. We kept in touch and when I came home for a visit he always made sure to see me. I can’t express how saddened I am for you Sue, you are my Aunt and always will be my Aunt. Sending lots of love and prayers your way!

Condolence from Jill Sizemore on January 3rd, 2019 1:59 pm

Luv u cousin ♥️

Condolence from Tim Wallace on January 3rd, 2019 2:07 pm

I am so sorry over your loss Sue, i seen the pain you were going threw while talking to you at your home in the fall. Tim mar-bil marina

Condolence from Mary Hall on January 3rd, 2019 2:15 pm

I worked with Jeff at Plainwell Pines. He was very kind and always helpful. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Cindy Kramer-Daggett on January 3rd, 2019 6:00 pm


Please know that we are thinking of you during this very difficult time.

The Kramer Family (Bev, Cindy and Steve)

Condolence from Margie Rantz-Day on January 3rd, 2019 6:15 pm

I went to school with Jeff he was in my graduating class. He was a friend to everyone always had a smile and a joke. He truly was a good guy. So sorry to hear of his passing my condolences to his family.

Condolence from Janet Hunter (Cremeans) on January 3rd, 2019 11:36 pm

I am so, so sorry for your loss..Jeff rode the Same bus as I did and lived a few houses down. I had never witnessed him being angry or sour to anyone. Of coarse I had a crush too! I had often wondered what life brought him. True example of how short life is. I am glad to know the kindness and humor was a big part of his life. May he Rest in Peace. God Bless!

Condolence from Amanda Shumaker on January 4th, 2019 10:23 am

So sorry to hear of your loss, A loss to the world actually. I can’t think about my childhood without thinking about Jeff ! His wisecracking crazy antics filled a lot of my younger days. I will never think of him without smiling and I do think of him often. I was blessed to know the crazy little boy who was always up to something, the young man who was in trouble in Mr Germain’s class, and even the sensitive young man that he tried to keep hidden most of the time. So glad he is no longer in pain and so very sorry for the hole he has left in the lives of so many. Hugs to everyone..Mandi

Condolence from Jeanne Collick on January 4th, 2019 3:35 pm

So sorry to learn that Jeff passed away. I remember him from school at Martin High. I was one of his teachers, and remember him as a fun loving young man and a true jokester. My sympathies to his family for your loss and prayers to all.

Condolence from Tom Page on January 4th, 2019 5:21 pm

I worked with Jeff for a long time at two different jobs. I had hired him in at the last job. I knew how great of a worker he was. He was also one of my most memorable. Jeff was a great friend and a very nice guy. We lost touch over the years but, always would remember how much he made me laugh and how much he put into his work. He will be missed. So sorry I didn’t get to see him one last time.

Condolence from Tom Page on January 4th, 2019 7:26 pm

Jeff, you were a great friend, a great co-worker and an exceptional human being. You were the funniest person I knew. You worked hard at what you did and I only wish we had stayed in touch. Loved you like a little brother. Thanks for being a part of my life. God bless you.

Condolence from Tammy Thompson Drake on January 5th, 2019 6:18 pm

So very sorry, Jeff always came into Dollar General and always had us laughing, A wonderful customer he sure was! I know he is making Heaven Smile and laugh! God Bless You All, My prayers are with you

Condolence from Christine Pardee . on January 5th, 2019 7:57 pm

I knew Jeff from our high school days and we dated for awhile. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful person who always made me smile. My condolences to the family.

Condolence from Christine Pardee . on January 5th, 2019 8:15 pm

Jeff and I knew each other in high school and dated for awhile. I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful person who always made me laugh. My condolences to his family.

Condolence from Christine Pardee . on January 5th, 2019 8:25 pm

Jeff and I knew each other in high school and dated for awhile. I am saddened to hear of his passing. He always made people smile with his sense of humor. My condolences to his family.

Condolence from Mandy Tilley on January 7th, 2019 10:15 pm

Jeff was the reason I quit smoking. It shook me to see someone as young and vibrant as him be taken from us so quickly. It inspired me to take better care of myself. And its ine of the best things I’ve ever done. Jeff was litterly one of the kindest, hardest working men I’ve ever met. He would never ever say no, he couldn’t do something hed find a way to do it, even if it ment going to ridiculous lengths. He was a real inspiration.

Condolence from Dawn Kingsbury on April 16th, 2019 12:15 pm

Jeff was a good guy. He worked with me at Plainwell Pines. Jeff worked nites and we became partners in crime(according to some) ! We made the best team! Good to count on him to have my back, not that I always needed it. He came to see me one day.. I told him I was leaving to another job after 17 years.. I was nervous. He had a way to look forward. It was hard to say good bye that day; knowing I’d never see my friend again. He just looked at me and smerked.

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