Lavern L. "Larry" Jackson, age 80, of Hammond, IN passed away Saturday, March 21, 2009 at his home. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Yvonne; his 5 daughters, Beatryce (Joe) Parks, Donna (John) Jansen, Joanne Jackson, Beverly Sajdyk and Patricia Castillo; 7 grandchildren, Kristy Sajdyk, Tiffany (Rob) Hansen, Doug Sajdyk, Alexis Ceperich, Rick Elder, Joey La Bresh, and Donnie Parks; 2 great grandchildren, Paityn and Luke Hansen; brother, Harry (Edna) Jackson; sister-in-law, Jean Jackson; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Sadie Jackson, 2 brothers, Ralph (Tootsie) and Ernest Jackson, and his son, Richard L. Jackson.
Larry worked for the IHB Railroad for 32 years as a tariff clerk. He was in the U. S. Navy from 1947-1950. Larry was President and Secretary of the Railway and Airline Clerks Union, Local # 357 and past President of the Credit Union. He was Past Master of Indiana Harbor Lodge # 686 F. & A. M. of Highland, IN, and a member of Orak Temple of Michigan City, IN, Ancient and Accepted Rite of South Bend, IN, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Hammond Moose Lodge # 570, Hammond York Rite, RAH-EESE Orak Shrine, Railway Transportation Square Club, American Legion Maywood Post # 126 of Hammond, IN , Maywood Civic Club and Woodmar United Methodist Church.
Services will be held Friday, March 27, 2009 at LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond, IN beginning at 12:30 PM by Indiana Harbor Lodge #686 F. & A.M. followed by American Legion Maywood Post #126 at 12:45. Rev. Robert Raschka of Woodmar United Methodist Church will conduct the funeral services at 1 PM. He will be laid to rest at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Friday morning from 10 AM until time of services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2211 North Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707. For information, call LaHayne Funeral Home at 219-845-3600
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