Obituary for Pennsylvania Holstein Breeder Benjamin W. Jackson - Cowsmo

Obituary for Pennsylvania Holstein Breeder Benjamin W. Jackson

Everyone at Cowsmopolitan wishes to pass along our most sincere sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Benjamin W. Jackson of Columbia Crossroads, PA, who left this earth on Wednesday, December 30th.
Benjamin-JacksonBenjamin W. Jackson, Age 83 of Beardslee Road, Columbia Cross Roads, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at home with his loving family.  Ben (Benny) was born October 3, 1932 in Sayre son of the late Scott W. and Helen (Ayres) Jackson. Following graduation from school he and the former Regina M. McDermott were married on October 6, 1951.

In his high school years, he was an active member of the FFA and a dominant pitcher on the baseball team.  He, along with his teammates, won the district title in 1950.  He was offered a contract to pitch for the Brooklyn Dodgers farm team, however, he turned it down to pursue his dream of being a dairy farmer.

Ben was a lifetime dairy farmer and cattle breeder. He was raised on the family farm on Wetona Road and was active there his whole life.  He was an faithful member of the Wetona/Big Pond United Methodist Church, PA Holstein Association, PA Farm Bureau and lifetime member of the NRA, a few highlights in his career were DHIA Distinguished Dairyman Award, Mid-Atlantic Regional Master Farmer Award and was inducted into the PA Holstein Association Hall of Fame.  His passion for cattle breeding resulted in showing and marketing cattle at the local, state and national levels.  He especially enjoyed the comradery and competition of the shows at the Troy Fair.  He could always be found lending a hand or giving a word of encouragement to others.  Ben was also an avid outdoorsman and hunter.

Surviving are his wife Regina M. Jackson of Columbia Cross Roads.  With over 64 devoted years together, any difficult times were overcome by faith, family, friends and the love of the farm.  Children are David (Sandra) Jackson of Columbia Cross Roads, Daniel (Michelle) Jackson of New Milford, CT, Cathleen Evangelista of Williamsport, Dean (Rebecca) Jackson of Columbia Cross Roads, grandchildren, Hannah Jackson, Nicole and Phillip Jackson, Scott and Michael Flanagan, Brenda (Ben) Moore, Courtney, Katie, Kyle and Clark Jackson, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Family and friends are invited to call from Friday, January 1, 2016 from 5 to 8 PM and again on Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Troy First United Methodist Church, 206 Redington Avenue Troy PA. Ben’s service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 12 PM with Reverend Joshua Davinsizer officiating. Interment will follow in Wetona Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA 16947.

Memorials in Ben’s memory may be made to the Wetona United Methodist Church, 205 Redington Avenue, Troy, PA 16947 or Guthrie Hospice 421 Tomahawk Road Towanda, PA 18848.

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