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In Memory of

Raymond Henry Hiram Jackson

January 22, 1922 - March 29, 2015

Obituary


Raymond Henry Hiram Jackson, 93, son of Elmer Pressy Jackson and Aurore Rioux Jackson, was born 22 Jan 1922 in Derry, NH and died 29 Mar 2015 in Manchester, NH of natural causes.

He is survived by his wife Violette Jackson, his son Dana Jackson, his daughter Debra Jade Browning, his daughter-in-law Candie Jackson, his grand-children Raymond Blair, Kenneth Blair, Jessica-Mae Blair, Kaleb McEntee, Damien McEntee, his 10 great-grandchildren, his brothers Ovila Jackson, William Jackson, Don Jackson and his sisters Celia St. Amand and Shirley McClusky.

Ray grew up in the Great...

Raymond Henry Hiram Jackson, 93, son of Elmer Pressy Jackson and Aurore Rioux Jackson, was born 22 Jan 1922 in Derry, NH and died 29 Mar 2015 in Manchester, NH of natural causes.

He is survived by his wife Violette Jackson, his son Dana Jackson, his daughter Debra Jade Browning, his daughter-in-law Candie Jackson, his grand-children Raymond Blair, Kenneth Blair, Jessica-Mae Blair, Kaleb McEntee, Damien McEntee, his 10 great-grandchildren, his brothers Ovila Jackson, William Jackson, Don Jackson and his sisters Celia St. Amand and Shirley McClusky.

Ray grew up in the Great Depression, collecting coal along railroad tracks to heat his family's home. After High School, Ray met Vi at the Pine Island Roller Rink in Manchester, NH and married her in 1941. Two years later he went to war and served in The Mighty Eighth Air Force, 93rd Bomb Group, 409th Bomb Squadron based in Hardwick, England. He flew 34 combat missions as Radio-Gunner on two B-24 Liberators: "Pre-arranged Funeral" and "The Latrine Rumor" and was awarded 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, a Bronze Service Star and the Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Europe.

Tech Sergeant Jackson received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army Air Force in 1945, came back to "Sweet Vi", built a wood and granite house in Manchester, NH in 1950 and lived in it for 65 years. He became Ham Radio Operator W1QDA and communicated with people around the world. Ray joined the Hobart Corporation in Hooksett, NH and became a Quarter Century Award Winner in 1975. He retired in 1985 after a rewarding career as the Service Manager. Ray and Vi celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in 2014.

Ray loved flying and earned his Private Pilot License after WWII. He was a member of the Queen City Aero Club in Manchester, NH and taught his son how to fly. He built his own airplane in his garage. Ray flew with his son over the course of 51 years.

Raymond HH Jackson was intelligent, level-headed, capable, wise and kind. He loved his family, loved his country, made friends everywhere he went, loved building things and working on his cars, enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels at his home, respected Mother Nature, enjoyed the New Hampshire beaches and the White Mountains and had fun with a special Rat Terrier named Zulu...

Keep 'em flying!

Private Services were held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.The family requests that donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charity in lieu of flowers.