Rev.  Robert G. Jackson, Sr.
SOUTH BEND [mdash] Reverend Robert Graham Jackson, Sr. passed away on Sept. 13, 2019, in South Bend, Indiana. He was born on March 2, 1930, in Madison, Indiana, to the late Finnell and Glenita Wheeler Jackson and he grew up in Trimble County, Kentucky.
During his college years he felt a calling from God to serve as a minister and began his career as a pastor in the Methodist Church. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Butler University in 1958 and was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church. He received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from DePauw University in 1979. His ministerial career spanned nearly 50 years in the then North Indiana UMC Conference.
He married Ruth Gene Stivers on May 31, 1953. Together they were partners in the ministry for Christ and they raised three sons, Robb, Phil, and Gregg, and one daughter, Jennifer.
Bob's passion in life was his family, his ministry and the beauty of life. During his pastoral career Bob's love, compassion, deep faith and caring touched and aided a countless number of lives.
He is survived by Ruth, his wife of 66 years; sons Phillip Gene and Richard Gregg; his daughter, Jennifer Anne, and son-in-law, James Pawlak; eight grandchildren, Katie Wade, Christian, Skye, Joseph and Chloe Jackson, David, Carl and Andrew Jones; great-grandchildren, Ezra Brewer and Lydia Wade. He is also survived by his brother, Allen Jackson, and sister, Anne Wise; and brother-in-law, Roy W. Stivers.
He was preceded in death by his son Robert G Jackson, Jr.; his parents, and his sister Verna Jackson Fisher.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, from noon to 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1215 Jackson St., Anderson, IN 46016 followed by a service at 2:30 p.m. officiated by Terri Cole.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lindsey Wilson College, 210 Lindsey Wilson St., Columbia, KY 42728.
Published on September 15, 2019


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Ellie Braxton Leveen
Sep 17, 2019
Medium Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Rev. Robert G. Jackson, Sr. by Ellie Braxton Leveen.  Send flowers
Carol Carnall
Sep 16, 2019
So many memories. I'm just heart broken. I love Bob and Ruth. Prayers.
Lisa Brock
Sep 16, 2019
Ocean Breeze Spray was purchased for the family of Rev. Robert G. Jackson, Sr. by Lisa Brock.  Send flowers
Ellen Rhoades
Sep 16, 2019
My sympathy to Ruth and family What an awesome man and pastor. My late husband. Rev Jack Rhoades, was honored to serve with him at Anderson 1st.
May God put His arms around Ruth and family and give them peace and comfort