Funeral services for Elmer Jackson, 91 year old Buffalo resident, who took his Saviour’s Hand and passed away quietly at the home of his daughter in Buffalo, will be held by his family in Greybull, Wyoming later this summer. Donations in Mr. Jackson’s memory may be made to the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Elmer Dean Jackson was born on December 14, 1920 in Greybull, Wyoming to Samson and Lizzie Jackson. He grew up and went to school in Greybull and Basin and joined the CCC’s and worked for a time before going back to high school. He graduated from Basin High School in 1941. After high school he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during WWII in the Pacific Theater as a Bombardier in a B-29. He was married on February 26, 1944 in Montgomery, Alabama to Arlene Clawson. Elmer was then deployed to the South Pacific and Arlene returned to Basin. After the war he returned to Basin where he and Arlene made their home. He worked for the railroad for a few years before moving to Worland where he worked for Pure Oil Company as a gas plant technician. In 1960 he went to work for the Rural Electric Association and attained his journeyman’s license as an electrician. He moved the family to Glenrock where he spent two years working on the Dave Johnson Power Plant. In 1964 they moved to Cody where Elmer went to work as an oil field electrician. In 1970 they moved to Gillette and he took a job as an electrician for Arco. He retired in 1986 and they divided their time between their home on Keyhole Reservoir and Apache Junction, Arizona. Arlene passed away in August of 1993 and Elmer moved to Buffalo. He was married in July of 1995 to a childhood friend, Mickey Prather and they made their home in Arizona. In 2009 he took part in The Honor Flight, to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial with Lisa Griffith and his grandson Michael Vigil. Elmer moved to Buffalo in October of 2011 where he lived until the time of his death.
After his active duty in the military Elmer joined the Wyoming National Guard and served as Commander of the Wyoming National Guard in World and retired after 40 years of service.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church; past member of the Elks Club, the VFW, and the Wyoming Wood Carvers. Elmer enjoyed golf, carving, gardening, spending time in the mountains hunting and fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Mickey Jackson of Colby Kansas; two daughters, Valorie Jackson of Casper and Renee Camino and her husband Mick, of Buffalo; seven grandchildren, four grandchildren and one great-great-grand daughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, three sisters, one brother and one grandson.