George E. Jackley, 73, Alexandria, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Monticello House Alzheimer's Living in Anderson following an extended illness.
He was born Feb. 7, 1944, in Muncie to Foster and Mary (Stahlhuth) Jackley and lived in Alexandria most of his life.
He graduated from Alexandria High School in 1962 and completed the General Motors journeyman's school as well. He retired in 1996 from Guide Lamp in Anderson after 33 years of employment.
George served in the Indiana National Guard. He was a member of the Alexandria Eagles 1771, the OAKS (Old Alexandria Kids), UAW 663 and the Muncie Light Horse Club.
He coached, umpired and was the No. 1 fan at his 16 grandchildren's sporting events. He was a fan of IU basketball, Bobby Knight and the Cincinnati Reds. The Indianapolis 500 played a significant part in George's life, attending his first race at the age of 5 and more than 50 races since then.
Survivors include his wife, Deidra "Dee" Jackley, married May 23, 1972; five daughters, Christine (David) Brown, Anderson, Lisa (John) Dockrey, Alexandria, Teresa (David) Etherington, Anderson, Shuree Jackley, Castleton, and Heather (Jason) Silvey, Greenfield; son, Anthony (Nicole) Jackley, Lapel; 16 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, with one on the way; four sisters, Cindy Davis, Alexandria, Marcia (Steve) Kirk, Hawaii, Kate (Jenny McBride) Jackley, North Vernon, and Mary (Corbin) Reed, Fort Wayne; aunt and uncle, Dick and Sarah Phillips, Fort Wayne; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Dale and Cheryl Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Cecil and Mary Palmer; and brother-in-law, Richard Davis.
Services celebrating George's life and legacy will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Owens Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, with Mike Owens officiating. Interment will follow in Park View Cemetery in Alexandria. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Foundation, the Madison County Animal Protection League or the Hamilton County Humane Society through the funeral home.
Published on March 5, 2017