In Memory Of

Lawrence E. Jackson
1940-2004

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Lawrence "Gene" E. Jackson, age 63, of Tonkawa, was the son of the late Orvil E. and Mae VanLaningham Jackson. He was born on April 8, 1940, in Springfield, Missouri, and passed away Friday evening, Jan. 30, 2004, at Integris Blackwell Regional Hospital.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the chapel of Dugger Funeral Home in Tonkawa. Burial was in the Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Orval Stanley officiated. A flag presentation was held by American Legion and VFW Post 2855 of Blackwell.

Lawrence graduated from high school in Jefferson City, Missouri, then served in the United States Navy. He spent his life working for numerous railroads, retiring from Burlington Northern Railroad in 1989.

He and Ruth Ann Howard were married April 21, 1980, in Miami, Oklahoma. They moved to Minatare, Nebraska, living there for 10 years before coming to Tonkawa.

Lawrence was a devoted husband, father, son and grandfather. His first love was collecting model trains, then fishing, doing woodwork for his family and friends, watching sports, working in his garden, and relaxing on his porch. He was a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Tonkawa.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Howard Jackson of the home; his mother, Mae VanLaningham Jackson of Springfield, Missouri; daughters, Pamela L. Keene and her husband Angelo of Tucson, Arizona, and Jeanie M. Dotson and her husband Mike of Buffalo, Missouri; a son, Rodney C. Jackson and his wife Dawn of Ponca City; a brother, Howard Jackson of Joplin, Missouri; a sister, Mary Krasche of Springfield, Missouri; and four grandchildren, Ashley and Andrew Keene and Sarah and Olivia Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Orvil E. Jackson.