FLORA — Matthew E. “Pete” Jackson, 92, Flora, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, at Waterford Health Campus, Kokomo.
He was born at home Sept. 27, 1921, near Yeoman, the son of Matthew E. and Elva Trittipo Marsh Jackson. On Nov. 14, 1941, Pete married Lorena Myer; she preceded him in death May 6, 1956. Pete later married Joan Beougher Abbott on April 4, 1957; she survives.
Pete graduated from Delphi High School in 1939. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 as a Signalman Third Class and was an Armed Guard on a Merchant Marine ship. Pete then farmed in Jefferson Township. In 1962, he became partner in the Chittick-Jackson John Deere Dealership in Flora, which later became Jackson-Lee-Pearson, retiring in 1989.
He was also Bright National Bank Director from 1979 to 1993. Pete attended the 1964 National Democratic Convention and chaired the Carroll County Democratic party from 1962 to 1970. He was a member of the first board of directors for the Carroll County Community Foundation. Pete was honored Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Matthew Welsh in 1965.
He had been a member of the Delphi American Legion since 1946. Pete was selected to the Carroll County Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1996. A member of the Flora Lions Club, he was selected for the Flora Lions Club “Pete” Award in 2000. He was a member of the Flora First Christian Church.
Pete enjoyed spending time with his family and loved all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed reading, fishing and watching sports on television. His faith in God was evident by his well worn Bible and daily prayer list.
Surviving Pete are five children, Sandra Schafer of Sycamore, Ohio, Alan (Linda) Jackson of Burlington, Stephen (Carol) Jackson of Peru, Scott (Pam) Jackson of Huntington, and Marilyn (Mel) Lowery of London, Ohio; four step-children, Larry (Patti) Abbott of Beverly Hills, Fla., Penne Platt of Kingwood, Texas, Tom (Audrey) Abbott of Veedersburg, and Sandra Abbott of Williston, Fla.; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.