Date of Death: September 10, 2023

Service Details

Visitation will be held Monday, September 18, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor James Smith officiating. He will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Eldon Carl Jackson, 93, of Three Rivers passed away Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Optalis Health and Rehabilitation.

He was born September 15, 1929 in Three Rivers, the son of Clarence and Hazel (Keefer) Jackson, and graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1948.

On January 1, 1949 he married Betty Shingledecker. They enjoyed 44 wonderful years together prior to her passing in 1993. They traveled to Hawaii for their 40th wedding anniversary fulfilling a lifelong dream for them. Together they loved to go camping and dancing. He then went on to marry JoAnn Schabes and they shared many years of marriage prior to her passing.

Eldon worked for 40 years as a maintenance supervisor for Johnson Corporation from where he eventually retired. A dedicated community man, Eldon served 25 years as chief of the Lockport Fabius Park Fire Department, and also worked for the Three Rivers Fire Department. He was a member of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, Trinity Episcopal Church, the Shriner’s Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Eagles, Moose, Elks Lodge. He was named Citizen of the Year by the Three Rivers Lions Club.

Eldon was a cherished family man who loved his children and grandchildren, always lending a helping hand to anybody in need.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his children, Eldon D. (Linda) Jackson, Kristine (Don) Shrauger, and Ronald Jackson; grandchildren, Stephanie (David) Sedlecky, Jennifer (Randy) Huyck, Jessica (Matt) Gahan, Leslie (Scott Garwick) Willson, Fred J. (Marie) Grunert, Dana (Ryan) Nichols, Stacie Jackson, and Molessia Reiff; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; brother, James Jackson; and sister, Loretta Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Betty Jackson and JoAnn Jackson; parents, one brother, one sister, and grandson, Ronald Jackson.

Additional Information

Donations in Eldon’s memory may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. Like Mike Dunlap, I too worked at Johnson Corporation for a brief time while Eldon was in charge of maintenance. Eldon was the type of person everyone couldn’t help but like. If my memory serves me correctly, Eldon and Betty lived across the road from the Johnny cake school. Both Mike Dunlap and I attended Johnny cake as did Eldon (Doug), Kristine, and Ron. Believe he took over the fire department from Herb Burpee and you could always tell there was a fire call because you would see them running down the road to the fire barn. I think Betty was my mother’s hair dresser and both Eldon & Betty would occasionally go out with my parents, Virginia & Gilbert Sills. Grace and Peace to Eldon and family.

  2. I remember Eldon fondly. My parents Walt and Bernetta Fox worked with Eldon and Betty from the late ‘60s to the early ‘70s at the fire station. I remember having the fire alarm phone on our house and how loud it was.
    Eldon was quite the leader as Fire Chief.

    RIP and May your family find peace on their memories.

  3. Rest in Peace Eldon, I worked at Johnsons for a brief time when Eldon was in charge of maintenance. I still remember him checking to see if a 220volt line was hot by checking with the back of his hand. Eldon was fun and just a great guy, they don’t come any better than Eldon Jackson. He will be remembered fondly by anyone who knew him. I am saddened by his passing but know he had a life well lived.

  4. My Heart is broken. You were such a wonderful husband to my grandma Joanne. A great step dad to my mom Tammy and aunt Donyel. A super grandpa to my sister Amanda and myself. And the words best great grandpa to my girls Alexus, Haley and Brooke. They always had so much fun with you and grandma. I has so many wonderful memories that will forever live on. Rest peacefully now. I love you ❤️

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