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January 6, 1936 June 2, 2019
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Roger Lee Jackson was born at home in rural Christian County, MO on January 6, 1936 to Mildred Florence (Anderson) Jackson and Robert Anderson Jackson. His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ summoned him from his bed-ridden state at home in rural Lawrence County, MO on June 2, 2019 at 83 years of age.

Roger had five brothers- Harold Eugene (deceased), Leonard Leon (deceased), Joe Arnold (deceased), Robert Dean, Bennie Edwin (deceased) and one sister, Nancy Irene (Smith).

Roger married Frances Jane Hill on August 31, 1956. They were married for 62 years. He is survived by his wife and two children, Pepper Lynn and wife, Brenda and Dawn Michelle “Chelle” (Davidson) and husband, Mark. Three grandchildren, Christopher Kay Jackson and wife, Ally, Lindsey Brook Davidson (Hurd) and husband, Caleb and Tyler Reed Davidson. Two great-grandchildren, Clay Allen Hurd and Kate Marlow Hurd.

Roger went to work for the Springfield, MO Fire Department in 1961. Working a 24 hour on, 24 hour off shift rotation for the wage of $167 a month. He worked alongside some of the finest Firefighters in the service and rose to the rank of Battalion Chief before retiring in 1995. In his 34 years of service, Roger witnessed the evolution of firefighting. In the “old days” they rode the “tailboard” while responding to fires, holding on to the handrails through rain, cold and hot summer days. Upon arrival at fire scenes, many times structures were entered without self-contained breathing apparatus which would become mandatory equipment many years later. They were the true “smoke eaters” of their day.

As with most firefighters of that era, he worked a second job to help provide for his family. He learned the trade of “laying tile” and worked for a number of years through Superior Tile Company. Roger was a perfectionist when it came to both his jobs. His craftmanship is still on display in hundreds of homes in the S.W. Missouri area. Including the house he built on acreage purchased in Halltown, MO upon retirement from SFD. This was his place of peace and purpose. Roger loved his red Massey Ferguson Tractor and his Bad Boy Mower. When at “Jackson Acres” you would find him on one of the two doing what he loved most, “taking care of the place.”

Roger was a member of High Street Baptist Church and later Hillside Baptist Church. His mission was serving others through his craftsmanship, often assisting in building projects and home repairs. Roger went on several “mission trips” to assist building structures. One in particular brought back memories, a trip to a Central American country in which they drove. On the return trip home, a rogue border agent deemed it necessary to confiscate some of their tools in order for them to exit the country. His mission trips remained “in” country after this ordeal.

As physical work in construction began to take its toll, Roger volunteered at Mercy Hospital and the Miller, MO School District. At one he could be seen moving patients around the hospital in wheelchairs to their appointments. At the other, young children sat attentively as he read to them during story time. He had a servant’s heart.

Roger loved his family and spent his later years close to home in his comfort zone. His battle
with Dementia had begun and life was changing.
As a family we wish to thank all those who helped us care for Dad at home in his final days. Your kindness, caring and skills made our life a little easier. For this we are grateful.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2019 at 1pm in the Hillside Baptist Church, 8366 W. Highway 266, Springfield, MO. A private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider a donation to Hillside Baptist Church Building Fund. Family and friends may share online condolences at

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1:00 PM 6/7/2019 1:00:00 PM
Hillside Baptist Church

8366 W. Highway 266
Springfield, MO 65802

Hillside Baptist Church
8366 W. Highway 266 Springfield 65802 MO
United States

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Hillside Baptist Church

8366 W. Highway 266
Springfield, MO 65802

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