Milton E. Jackson, 69, of Topeka, formerly of Chanute, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in Topeka after a 30-year struggle with diabetes and most recently Parkinson’s disease.
He was born May 23, 1943 in Chanute, the son of Jesse Lee and Frances Anna Briley Jackson. Despite having Polio, he played football in high school. He was a graduate of Chanute High School in 1961and graduated Neosho County Community College with an Associate’s Degree and attended Washburn University in Topeka. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1968.
He was employed at the Youth Center at Topeka for 32 years, retiring because of disability, having served as a Youth Service Worker and Youth Service Director in 1998. In the 1980s he assisted in implementing the career ladder from child care worker to youth service workers at YCAT. In the mid 2000s he was involved in the Topeka Chapter of the NAACP. He also served on a Citizen Advisory Committee with Midland Care in Topeka.
He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Chanute. He was inducted in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Washburn University. He served in the Board of Directors at the Topeka Half-Way House during the 1980s and also served on the Board of Directors at Lakeshore Learning Center, Topeka in the 1990s. In the last 10 years, he was active in the Golden Age Club at Northland Christian Church, Topeka, where he attended church until his health declined. ¬†
Milton married Linda L. Hertel on Oct. 22, 1983 in Topeka. She survives, of the home, with his pet partner, Sophie, in Topeka. Other survivors include two sisters, Sharon Kay Williams, Chanute, and Brenda J. Greene and husband, Bill, Washington, D.C.; A niece, H. Victoria Jackson and her husband, Clement Nwandei, Los Angeles, Calif., and their children, Denzel and Anthonia;¬†a nephew, David E. Williams, Chanute, and his son, Jesse Williams; and several cousins.
Mr. Jackson will lie in state after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, where the family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m.¬†A funeral ceremony will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel in Chanute. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service. Interment with military honors will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery, Chanute.¬†Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Rd, Topeka, KS 66617. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com ¬†¬†