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Chester – Harold Kent Jackson, 88, formerly of Chester, passed away on Sunday, June 19 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was born December 7, 1922 in Morristown, Indiana to Frank Donald and Frances Gay Thomas Jackson. He attended Webster High School. He enlisted in the US Navy on December 7, 1941 and served during World War Two as an Aviation Radioman Second Class prior to his honorable discharge on December 11, 1945.
Harold and the former Rosalee Weller were married on October 1, 1950 in the Chester home they shared until 2010. Their union was blessed with 2 sons and 1 daughter.
Harold began a career on the railroad aboard a train pulled by a K4 steam engine. He retired on February 22, 1982 as a Conductor with the Pennsylvania Railroad after 35½ years of service. He also worked at Friend's Fellowship Community where he enjoyed his job for many years.
Mr. Jackson was a long-time member of the Northside Church of Christ. He also was a beloved member, along with his late wife, Rosalee, of the Richmond Area Railroaders Society where they enjoyed participating in the activities of the Society and working together at the many area festivals.
Mr. Jackson will be missed by his daughter & son-in-law, Jennifer Sue & R. Scott Paul, of Independence, Kentucky; 2 sons & daughters-in-law, James Harold & Linda Jackson, of Jamestown, Tennessee and Jeffrey & Deborah Ann Jackson, of Richmond; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Barbara Jackson of Port Ritchie, FL, Marilyn Weller of Eaton, OH; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and Rosalee, Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his brothers, Brehm Jackson, Robert Whitcomb Jackson, Hollis Jackson and sister, Hallie Mae Pate.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted by James Jackson, Jeffrey Jackson and Scott Paul at 10:00 a.m. on Friday June 24, at the Northside Church of Christ, 1962 Chester Boulevard, Richmond. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
Family and friends may gather for visitation from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at the church.
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