Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 3:52 PM on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

James Edward Jackson


James Edward Jackson

March. 27, 1954-Dec. 12, 2011

James "Jim" Edward Jackson, 57, of Driggs, Idaho, passed away on Dec. 12, 2011. Jim was born to Edward Allen Jackson and Pauline Shook Jackson in Troy, Ohio, on March 27, 1954.

Jim had been a pastor for the last 35 years, the first 28 years in the Grace Brethren Church and the last six years pastoring Wilson Community Fellowship in Wilson, Wyo., near Jackson Hole.

Jim is survived by his wife Sheryl Jackson of Driggs, Idaho; daughter Jill Wulf, her husband Rick and two grandchildren, Lily, 6, and Caleb, 3, of Pine Grove, Pa., foster son Patrick Wodkins of Warner Robins, Ga.; parents Ed and Polly Jackson of Columbus, Oio, and sister Jill Barr and husband Terry of Columbus.

Jim will be remembered as a loving husband, best friend and soul mate, a loving father and a caring pastor. Jim also is remembered as "the round man with the square deal" from his radio ads while managing a local commercial fishing gear store on the Homer Spit.

By many across the U.S. Jim will be remembered as the pastor who shot quail that he thought were in season while on vacation in Seward, Alaska. "Pastor Jim" turned himself in to Fish and Game in Homer after returning from his vacation upon realizing his law-breaking mistake. The cute write-up in a local paper, "Your Sins Will Find You Out," hit the Associated Press wire and was picked up by many across the country as a cute fill-in story. Jim and family were grateful that the writer told the facts as they were and his congregation happily gained three new families because of the write up and Jim's honesty.

Jim also will be remembered to many by his life message, "Umatter to God," and his car license plate that always read "Umatter" as he moved from state to state in the service of his Lord. "Umatter" best sums up Jim's life. He was known for his love for others and gentle spirit.

Ralph W. Softman says it best: "Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength."

A memorial service was held for Jim in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 3, 2012, at Grace Polaris in Westerville, Ohio. For more information call Pastor Rick Nuzum at (740) 881-6200.

A Celebration Of Life will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 12, 2012, in Wilson, Wyo., at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse with Dale Bascue officiating. For more information call Missy Crosby at (307) 413-4754.