Gene Jackson

  • Born: December 2, 1951
  • Died: July 21, 2020
  • Location: Polk City, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mr. Gene Paul Jackson passed away Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 at his home in Polk City, IA at the age of 68.

Gene was born December 2, 1951 in Belmond, Iowa to Bonnie and the late Clarence Jackson. Gene was active in high school sports at Corwith-Wesley High School and graduated in the class of 1970. Following high school, he attended North Iowa Area Community College and Iowa State University and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1987. Gene worked for the State Department of Corrections and he was an educational coordinator for Children and Families of Iowa. Before his retirement he worked as a realtor for Iowa Realty. He was united in marriage to Richardine Lenger in 1988, to which a son was born.

Gene was an avid planner for his next great outdoor adventure. He had a passion for big lake fishing, hunting, woodworking, and motorcycle riding. Some of his most memorable adventures were with his son Dean motorcycle riding to Sturgis, Tail of the Dragon, and Florida's Bike Week. He and Dean went on trips all over the United States hunting wild boar, elk, deer, turkey, pheasant, and Texas Dall Ram. Every trip with Gene was more than expected with good laughs and all sorts of debacles. More important than any trip to hunt or ride was how Gene adored his son Dean and taught him the value of time together experiencing life to the fullest without spending a lot of money. He was a loving husband, father, brother, son, and friend to many and will be greatly missed.

Gene is preceded in death by his father, Clarence (Bob) Jackson; stepfather, Arnold Heise; brother, John Jackson; best friend, Jim Maley and nephew, Andrew Gvist.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Richardine Jackson; son, Dean and his wife, Alexis, of Wright City, Missouri; mother, Bonnie Heise, of Fowler, Indiana; sister, Judy Betten and her husband Jack, of Fowler, Indiana; sister, Carol Meyer and husband Don, of North Branch, Minnesota; brother, Mark Heise and wife Tammy, of West Branch, Iowa; sister, Barb Arndt, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin; dearest family member, Betty Jo Maley, of Clarinda, Iowa; and many other friends and family.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday July 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Following the service, a visitation will continue till 7:00 p.m.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Deepest sympathies to Gene's family. He was a long time friend and I know that he will be greatly missed.

Posted by Tim Sorensen - Algona, IA   July 25, 2020

Richardine, Dean, and family,
Feeling so fortunate to have gotten to know Gene over the years. I'll always appreciate his candor and generosity and will genuinely miss his stories of the adventures you all shared together. I am sorry we cannot make the service but please know, Sarah and I are here to help in anyway we can.

Posted by Brian Speicher - Friend   July 25, 2020

Richardine my heart goes out to you, I am so sorry for your loss. When I heard about Gene it brought back memories of you showing us pictures of him fishing with your son Dean and oh the wonderful salmon you shared with us at CRRC. I wish I could attend service, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you an air hug!

Posted by JoAnne Campbell - Albany, NY - Friend   July 24, 2020

Dear Richardine,
Condolences to you and your family and friends on Gene's passing.

Posted by Pat Peters - Stuart, IA - Friend   July 23, 2020

Although it has been quite a number of years since our paths crossed, Gene was a great and close friend of mine during our school years at Corwith-Wesley and NIACC. I thought of him a lot of him recently and about the good times we had with our group of friends!

Posted by Tom Merriam - Britt, IA - Friend   July 23, 2020