Dr. Charles Eugene “Gene” Jackson, 89

Posted on January 5, 2013

Dr. Charles Eugene “Gene” Jackson, 89, of Carmel, died peacefully on Dec. 30, 2012. 
He was born Aug. 18, 1923, in Bluffton to the late Charles S. and Lois Kyle Jackson. He was a 1946 graduate of the IU School of Medicine.  He served as staff internist and medical geneticist for 19 years at Caylor-Nickel Clinic in Bluffton and for 31 years at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. 
He was awarded the Michigan Chapter American College of Physicians Laureate Award in 1996 and the HFH Distinguished Career Award in 1997. He was selected for the Bluffton High School Hall of Fame in 2000 (Class of 1941).  He retired to Temple, Texas, in 2001, but continued his genetics research, publishing more than 16 additional medical articles (and more than 216 during his career).  As a native Hoosier, he was very happy to move back home to Indiana in February 2012.
He was a much beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather (“Papa”), and great-grandfather and lived a life of service to his family, as a primary physician for his many patients over the years, and as a valued teacher and colleague professionally.
He was the first of three generations of Eagle Scouts, Philmont Scout Ranch trekkers, and physicians. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist church and participated in the Yokefellow Movement in Indiana in the 1950s and 1960s and the Walk to Emmaus in central Texas in the 1990s.  He supported medical missions work and served a month at Tenwek Hospital in northwest Kenya in 1981-82. 
He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and make others laugh; he also enjoyed reading, tennis, sailing, and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Norma Lea Wampler Jackson, in 2006, and by his two daughters, Penny L. Stover (husband Charles)  of Georgetown, Texas, and Janice A. Byrd (husband Tim) of Townsend, Tenn.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Jeffrey A. Jackson (wife Laurie) of Fishers; a brother, Richard H. Jackson of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a sister, Dorothy Lubbes of Fort Wayne; a granddaughter, Meghann Byrd Erhart (husband Michael) of Maryville, Tenn.; two grandsons, Dr. Ian A. Jackson (wife Laura) of Fort Worth, Texas, and Dr. Kyle J. Jackson (wife Carolyn) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and two great-granddaughters, Annalise and Alison Erhart of Maryville, Tenn. 
Memorial services will be scheduled later this month at the First United Methodist Church in Temple, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Gospel Mission in Marion (www.wgm.org). 
Online guestbook: ARNMortuary.com

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