Loren "Doughy" Jackson, 81, of the Norway Community, passed from this life in his home Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2016) under People's Hospice Care after a long illness.
He was born in Monongah, on Sept. 3, 1935, a son of the late Cecil J. and Sophie Collins Jackson.
Loren was a Christian by faith. He retired as a coal miner having worked for the Bethlehem Coal and Southern Ohio Coal Companies, when the Martinka mine closed.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was instrumental in starting and serving as the first president of the Korean War Veterans Chapter of Fairmont. He also started the Korean War Memorial project at the top of the Gateway Connector.
He was a member of the VFW Post 629, American Legion Post 68, Acacia Lodge 157 of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia AF and AM and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason of the Valley of Clarksburg. He was also a former member of Moose Lodge 9 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 2373.
He enjoyed camping at his camp at Big Bear Lake, hunting and fishing, sitting in nature on his back porch drinking beer, watching television, especially "The Price Is Right" and westerns and his football teams the Mountaineers and the Steelers.
Mr. Jackson is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Helen Davis Jackson; two sons, Dennis R. Jackson and his girlfriend Vicki of Ohio and Charles R."Rob" Gross of Fairmont; his daughter, Billie Jo Powell of Norway; two sisters, his twin, Lorraine Keener and her husband Thomas of Yulee, Florida, and Loretta McDiffit of Terra Alta; one daughter-in-law, Jean Jackson of Ohio; one sister-in-law, Lula Jackson of Fairmont; six grandchildren, Stephanie Blaine, Kyle, Derek, Dexter and Aaron Jackson and Dylon Cain; three great-grandchildren, Shaun, Braydin and Kayden Jackson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Jackson; a grandson, Ryan Matthew Gross; all of his brothers and one sister-in-law, Jasper, Glen and Patricia, Robert and Franklin Jackson; also three sisters, Beulah Sheppard, Kate Hinerman and Iva Hinerman.
Loren's family has requested that memorial contributions be made to his special project, the Korean War Memorial, at any MVB bank.
Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. today and from 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday at the Frey Home For Funerals (Addition Chapel A), 320 Madison St., Fairmont. Services will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Jim Zinn officiating. Interment will follow at the Grove Cemetery with full military honors being presented by the Marion County Honor Guard and graveside rites presented by the Masonic Lodge.
Published on October 13, 2016