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Thomas Jackson

August 6, 1940 ~ June 25, 2021 (age 80)


Thomas Clark Jackson Jr., 80, of Peoria, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021, at 10:22 pm at his residence with his family by his side.

Tom was born August 6, 1940, in Bloomington, IL, the son of the late Thomas C. and Ella M. Jensen Jackson Sr.  He married Bonnie L. Lowder on October 4, 1964, in Peoria.

Surviving is his wife, one son Rodney (Jennifer) Jackson of Dunlap and their children Joshua and Gavin Jackson; one daughter Angie Jackson of Peoria and her children Patrick and Lauren Field.  Also, surviving are two sisters Tamara (Brad) Stiles of Panama City Beach, FL; Trina (Eldon) Swedberg of Morton, IL.

After graduating from Limestone High School in 1958, he enlisted in the Air National Guard as a member of the 182ndTactical Squadron from 1963 to 1969.  In 1969, he was hired by the Peoria Fire Department, where he retired in 1997 at the rank of Captain.  He held the position of Treasurer for Union Local 50 for 26 years and Treasurer of the Illinois Association of Retired Firefighters from 1998 to 2015.   

He was an insurance agent for the Police and Fire Insurance Association of Indianapolis, IN from 1972 to present, on the Board of Directors from 1998 to present, and Chairman of the Board from 2009 to present.  He was also on the City of Peoria Police and Fire Commissioners hiring committee from 2010 to 2021 and on the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Peoria City Employees Credit Union from 2004 to 2020.  

When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed maintaining his Chevrolet car collection and regularly attended various car club events locally and nationally.  His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren, all of whom he was very proud of.  

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at St. John Lutheran Church, 6614 W. Smithfield Road, in Bartonville, IL.  A private family service will be held Thursday, July 1, 2021also at the church. Pastor Michael Jones will officiate.  Cremation will follow his funeral service. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Peoria.  Mason-White Funeral in Washington is assisting with arrangements. To share a memory or send a condolence to his family, visit


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June 30, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St. John Lutheran Church
6614 W Smithville Rd
Peoria, IL 61607

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