William S. "Bill" Jackson

  • Born: September 4, 1926
  • Died: April 20, 2017
  • Location: Coldwater, Ohio

Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home

225 W. Monroe Street
New Bremen, OH 45869

Tel. (419) 629-2147

Tribute & Message From The Family


Of Coldwater, formerly of New Bremen, died on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:26 A.M. at the Briarwood Village of Coldwater, Ohio, where he had resided since 2009. He was born on September 4, 1926 in Montpelier, Indiana, the son of the late William R. and Ilah (Belle) Jackson. On July 25, 1947, he married Jane Johnsonbaugh, in Hartford City, Indiana, and she died on December 20, 2009. Surviving are daughters and son-in-laws Mariann (Ray) Sanders of New Bremen, Ohio, Teresa (Michael) Williman of Van Wert, Ohio, and Charles Ayers of Montezuma, Ohio. Also surviving are grandchildren Bret (Kimberly) Ayers of Coldwater, Kara Ayers of Montezuma, Michael (Jennifer) Kelly of Rocky Point, NC, Nicole (Doug) Edwards of Van Wert, Heather (Troy) Tribolet of Van Wert, Samuel (Kirti) Sanders of Centerville, Joseph Sanders of Lima. Great-Grandchildren include Emma, Paige, Mason, and Lauren Ayers of Coldwater, Jayde (Kevin) Yeung of Cincinnati, Taylor Miller of Indianapolis, Justus Connor of Cincinnati, Addy Edwards of Van Wert, and Alana Sanders of Wapakoneta. Also surviving is a step-brother Jack (Sally) Smith of Ft. Wayne, a step-sister Vonona Spaulding of Montpelier, and a sister-in-law Janice Jackson of Hartford City. Along with his parents and wife, Bill was preceded in death by a daughter Rosamond Ayers on April 15, 2007, and his brothers Raymond Jackson and Walter "Sonny" Jackson.

Bill was a 1944 graduate of Montpelier High School. He proudly served his country during World War II in the Philippines, and was amongst the first troops who went into Japan. After the war, he attended watchmaker school under the G.I. Bill. He later went on to own and operate the former Jacksons Jewelers in New Bremen for 40 years. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, a member of the American Legion Post 241 of New Bremen, and a life member of the New Bremen Historic Association. Bill loved to travel, and together with his wife, they visited every state in the continental United States.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, with the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Inurnment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling Hours will be held prior to the service on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 10:00 until 11:30 A.M. at the church. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Friends of the New Bremen Library, or the Library of Briarwood Village in Coldwater. Condolences to the Jackson family can be left online at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Marianne and Teresa and families, I was my pleasure to remember your Dad with cards for quite a while and to visit several times over the years. We could always talk about mushroom hunting in Michigan, which both of us couples enjoyed for many years. One year, your dad and Ernie Phlipot surprised us by visiting us at the motel we were staying at. Such fun times in the old days. I know you have lots of good memories of your parents, which keeps them alive in your heart. God bless you all.

Posted by Alice & Duane Hartwig    April 26, 2017


Teresa, Mariann:
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I know personally how sweet and special of a person he was. I always enjoyed seeing him and your mom come into the court to visit. They had so much love for each other. May you both find peace in knowing he is in Heaven with your mom and sister now and he has no more pain.
Prayers, Dee

Posted by Dee Jewell - Van Wert, OH   April 24, 2017

Teresa and Family,
Edna and I's hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with you today. We all know how hard it is to lose anyone you know and love, especially our parents. We hope you take comfort in knowing you were truly there for your father in all the ways only you could be and all your memories of the times you shared. God Bless You,
Mike and Edna

Posted by Michael and Edna Semer - Ohio City, OH - Friend   April 24, 2017

May your know it was my privilege to have known your Father. Bill was a sweet, gentle, and knowledgeable man. I enjoyed visting and caring for him. Many conversations of his life, fishing and travels he had. He loved his family and beamed when talking of you. He touched my heart with his love for his wife and was an example to all of us at Briarwood of how one should care for another.
Will miss his smile and quick humor.

Posted by Mary Zahn - Celina, OH - Friend   April 23, 2017


Sorry to hear about your Dad. Know it has been a long struggle but you were always there. We are still in Florida. May God's peace and strength be with you.

Rex and Bev

Posted by Rex Fortney - Van wert, OH - Friend   April 22, 2017

Teresa &amp; Mike, <br />I am so sorry for your loss. Please remember that our heart felt prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

Posted by Vicki Garner - Grayson, GA - coworker   April 21, 2017

Mariann, we are so sorry to hear this news. We always enjoyed your parents so much when we lived in New Bremen. Use to love going in their jewelry store and shopping around. Very nice people.

Posted by Mark & Terri Doenges - Wapakoneta, OH   April 20, 2017