George J. Jackson

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George J. Jackson of McHenry

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. George J. Jackson, 80, will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2302 W. Church St., Johnsburg. Born July 29, 1922, in Solon Mills, Ill., the son of Ford and Mayme (nee Frett) Jackson, he passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2003, in Elgin. Mr. Jackson was raised in Johnsburg and attended McHenry High School. He married Joyce M. Newkirk on April 28, 1943, at St. Patrick Catholic Church of McHenry. George was a longtime carpenter, learning the trade from his uncles, Joe and George Frett. He was a partner with his uncle George in Frett and Jackson Carpentry. He also worked with his brothers in the Woodstock Construction Company, and finally with R&D Thiel Construction. In 1968, George began a 35-year career as a golf professional. His tenure began at Crystal Woods in Woodstock from 1968 to 1981, continued at Plum Tree National of Harvard from 1981 to 1993, and retired from the Prairie Isle Golf Club in Prairie Grove at the end of 2002. His support of the golfers of McHenry County will long be remembered. Surviving are his wife, Joyce; children, Alan Jackson of Woodstock, Victoria Jackson of Chatham, Ill., William (Toni) Jackson of Bull Head City, Ariz., and Linda (Wayne) Heidtke and Rebecca (Robert) McDaniel, both of Woodstock; grandchildren, Scott Jackson, Michelle (Phillip) Tangorra, Jennifer (Gary) Koch, Jeffrey (Jaime) Croegaert, Jared Croegaert, Leslie (Larry) Foster, Laurie Barkemeyer (Chris Cowlas), Kellie (Dan) Morse, Brett (Heather) Heidtke, Brad (Stefanie) Heidtke, Chad (Amanda) Heidtke, Malinda (Larry) Logan, and Joshua and Alexis McDaniel; sister, Katherine (Ben) Michelau of Grayslake; brothers, Arthur (Glorice) Jackson of McHenry, Edward (Adeline) Jackson of Harvard and James (Sandra) Jackson of Woodstock; sister- in-law, Betty Jackson of McHenry; brothers-in-law, Berndt Huntington of Johnsburg and Robert Newkirk of McHenry; 22 great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. …