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Robert "Bob" Bryant Jackson, 90, of Columbia, Mo., passed away at The Bluffs on Friday, November 24, 2017.
He was born on February 2, 1927, to Robert Franklin, aka Frank R., and Nancy Ann Jackson in Joplin, Mo.
Bob had a long career as an electrical engineer in the Bell System: Western Electric and Southwestern Bell. He was a World War II veteran, and a Mason. In Columbia, he was a member of Missouri United Methodist Church. Bob enjoyed volunteer work: Manchester Methodist youth group leader, Junior Achievement leader, Suicide Hotline counselor, Sierra Club projects, Oats Bus driver, and much more. He loved time with his family, hiking in the Colorado mountains, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, music, theater, art, science, gardening, conservation, and current events. 
Bob was also a life long academic. He attended the University of Pittsburg, Kan., the University of Chicago, and Princeton for electrical engineering. Bob also attended The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., where he earned a Masters Degree in teaching.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, a sister, and his beloved wife of 67 years, Mary Sue Jackson.
He is survived by his two daughters, Deborah (Jerome "Skip") DuCharme and Rebecca (Spencer) Galloway; six grandchildren, Kristen DuCharme, Andrew (Lindsay) DuCharme, Jon DuCharme, Bethany DuCharme, Bryant (Christal) Spurgeon, Jessica (Patrick) Stroupe; and four great-grandchildren, Lily DuCharme, Charlie DuCharme, Leland Stroupe, and Blake Risinger.
A graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 4, at the Diamond Cemetery in Diamond, Mo.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Children and Youth Ministries at the Missouri United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory, 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO, 65203, (573) 449-4153.
Published on November 26, 2017
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