age 66, of Radisson, died on Sunday November 25, 2012 at Golden Living Center-Three Oaks in Marshfield. Father Jim was in his 40th year of the priesthood. He was born on May 22, 1946 in Milwaukee, the son of Darrow and Mary Ann (Burbach) Jackson. He attended Holy Redeemer for grades 1-3 and Mother of Perpetual Help for grades 4-8. He gradated high school from St. Francis de Sales Preparatory School and then attended St. Francis Major Seminary. In July 1967 Father submitted a request to be released from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in order to apply as a student of the priesthood to the Dioceses of Superior. This request was not approved by Archbishop Cousins. Fr. Jackson was persistent and in December of 1968 he was released by Archbishop Cousins and eligible to apply to the Diocese of Superior. Fr. Jackson was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood by Bishop George Hammes on May 21, 1972 at the St. Philip Neri Church in Milwaukee. Fr. Jim served as follows:
July 1972 Assistant Pastor: Our Lady of Sorrows, Ladysmith
August 1972 Moderator DCCW, Ladysmith Deanery
February 1974 Local Directory for the Marriage Preparation Course
June 1975 Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus #2481, Ladysmith
July 1976 Associate Pastor: Cathedral of Christ the King, Superior
January 1978 Pastor: Holy Assumption, Superior and Moderator SDCCW
May 1978-1982 Chaplain of Knights of Columbus #7106
April 1984-1985 Advisory Council of
January 1980-1984 Moderator SDCCW
June 1984 Pastor: Immaculate Conception, Rhinelander
St. James, Monico
St. John, Pelican Lake
August 1984 Elected to the Presbyteral Council
June 1992 Pastor: St. Francis de Sales, Spooner
July 1993 Diocesan Chaplain, Knights of Columbus
March 1994 Representative of the Priestly Community on the Board of Christian Formation
November 1997 Pastor: St. Francis de Sales, Spooner
St. Joseph, Shell Lake
St. Catherine, Sarona
June 1998 St. Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus
June 1999 Pastor: St. Anthony of Padua, Park Falls
Immaculate Conception, Butternut
St. Francis of Assisi, Fifield
August 1999 Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus # 2639 & 1205
August 2000-2009 Vicar Forane (Dean) South Central Deanery
October 2006 Spiritual Director of North Eastern Koinonia
January 2007 Medical Leave
Father Jim's father Darrow, was a police officer and his mother Mary Ann, a homemaker. Father was the oldest of six children; His siblings include: Tom (Kathy) of Saukville, Bob (Pam) of Pewaukee, Pat Murphy of West Allis, Jan Samuel of Wautoma, and Andy of Rhinelander. He is further survived by his nephews: Christopher Jackson, Steven Murphy, & Mark Krueger and his nieces: Molly (Marshall) Malmberg, April (Brian), Liana and Katie Jackson, Amy (Peter Frehner) Murphy, Alexia Samuel, Megan (Calvin) Humus, and Haley Jackson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Saturday December 1, 2012 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Park Falls. (200 5th Avenue South; Park Falls, WI 54552)
A visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 4:00pm until 8:00pm with a Prayer Service at 7:30pm and on Saturday from 9:00am until the hour of the service at the church.
Funeral services have been entrusted to the Novitzke Funeral Home in Park Falls.
Give him Rest, O Lord, and may your light shine on him forever.