GLASGOW — Melvin E. Jackson, 80, was born to V.C. and Genevieve (Searles) Jackson on April 23, 1930 in Wheatland, Wyo. He passed away on April 4, 2011, at his home in Glasgow. He had fought lung cancer for just over a year, and lost.
Melvin was a premie and spent his first months in the hospital. He suffered with asthma for his first 18 years until moving to Montana, where it cleared up. They held him back from school and he would be the only child. The next year, there was his sister and one other boy. The family moved to Glasgow from Colorado in 1949, and he graduated from Glasgow High School in 1950.
He was always very proud of his service time. He served in Tokyo during the Korean Conflict from 1953 to 1955.
Melvin married Marlene Bauer in Glasgow on Feb. 11, 1961. They bought their home new and lived there until the present, 50 years and had the same phone number all that time. He was a very caring son, father and husband. He was very proud of his sons and loved them very much.
He worked for Hanson Mersen Motors until leaving for the service in 1953. After returning, he went to work for the City of Glasgow in the cemetery department, then street, and was a plant operator for the water department and the city backhoe operator. He retired after 30 years in 1986.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, woodworking, and flower gardening. He especially enjoyed his cabin at Fort Peck Lake. He smoked fish and wild game and enjoyed traveling to see his family. Melvin was a life member of the Elks, VFW and the Coast Guard at Fort Peck.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marlene Jackson of Glasgow; sons Wade Jackson of Amarillo, Texas, and Todd (Erna) Jackson of Menifee, Calif.; and his grandchildren, Kyle, Kevin and Kaitlynn; his sister, Barbara Kever of Springdale, Ark.; and brother Robert W. Jackson of Glasgow; nieces and nephews Dee Dee (Lyle) Franzen of Glasgow, Jill (Scott) Sanders of Glasgow, Wally Adler of Fayetteville, Ark., Sharon Hampton of Fayetteville and Karalee (John) Wart of Loveland, Colo.
Services will be held later this summer. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery. Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.