Leslie Jackson, 86, of Corning died July 14, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 701 Seventh St., Corning. Interment will be in Prairie Rose Cemetery south of Corning. Open visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Friday with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Rose Ann Auxiliary, Prairie Rose Cemetery and/or Corning Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Leslie Orval Jackson, son of Myra (Plants) and Chester Jackson, was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Adams County.
He grew up on the family farm, attended Jasper No. 6 Country School through eighth grade and then graduated from Corning High school in 1945.
Leslie entered the Army in 1946 and served 18 months in the Army post office during the occupation of Japan.
Upon the completion of his Army days, Leslie married Mary Lou Corbin on Aug. 24, 1947, and settled on a farm in rural Adams County.
He continued farming for the next 60 years.
Leslie was an active member of Fairview Church of Christ from birth until it closed in 2008. He served on numerous boards, which included the REC, the Fairview Church and the Prairie Rose Cemetery. Additionally, he was a 4-H leader for Jasper Specialists Club, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner and a member of Eastern Star.
Leslie is survived by his wife Mary Lou; children, Leslie (Florence) Jackson Jr. of Lino Lakes, Minn., Sharon (John) Garvey of Van Meter, Patricia (Russ) Dempster of Ankeny and Pamela (Paul) Wolfe of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Todd (Liz) Jackson, Becky (Scott) Sonmore, Brenna Garvey, Brann (Keegan) Garvey, Peter (Sarah) Gumina, Abby Gumina, Jeremiah Wolfe and Zachariah Wolfe; step-grandchildren, Ryan (Samantha) Dempster and Derek Dempster; great-granchildren, Cassady and Teegan Jackson, Derek and Dylan Sonmore, Leo and Luca Gumina, Corbin Garvey and Natalie and Layla Dempster; siblings, Reldon (Sue) Jackson, Doris Swartz and Dale Jackson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Lester and Myrtle Corbin; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Robert Hanna; brother-in-law Max Swartz; sister-and brother-in-law, Marie and Leonard Perdew; brother- and sister-in-law, Joy and Freda Corbin.