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Harry “Hal” Jackson, Jr.

Harry “Hal” Jackson, Jr. 93, of Quincy, IL died on December 16, 2017 in Evanston, IL.

Born on October 8, 1924 in Winnetka, IL, Mr. Jackson was a son of Dr. Harry and Teresa Wertheimer Jackson. He married Naomi B. Rosen in Chicago, Illinois and celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on April 24, 2017.

Hal was a 1942 graduate, with honors, of New Trier High School in Winnetka. After the outbreak of WWII, he enlisted in the Naval R.O.T.C. program, after being accepted at the University of Michigan and studied Chemical Engineering and Naval Science until his commission as an Ensign in early 1945. He reported for sea duty aboard the U.S.S. Topeka, CL 67, at San Pedro, California, served as a deck and turret officer in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and occupation of Japan in Tokyo Bay. He received an Honorable Discharge from active duty in July 1946, but remained in the Naval Reserve until his resignation in 1958 as a Lt. J.G. He completed his college education at the University of Michigan, receiving a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. Degree in Industrial Management in 1948.

Upon graduation, Hal worked as an engineer with Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, N.Y. and Chicago. In 1956, Hal joined the Quincy Soybean Products Company founded in 1939 by his father-in-law Irving J. Rosen, as Plant Engineer.

Before his retirement in 1980, Hal served in several leadership and senior management positions including member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Company. He was instrumental in the design, purchase and installation of many technical improvements and innovations to the plant process and operational direction. During his tenure, the plant was recognized as one of the most efficient and largest soybean operating complex at one location in the country; the processing plant was at the forefront of emerging environmental protection practices. The family sold the soybean company to Moorman Manufacturing Company which was later acquired by Archer Daniels Midland.

Mr. Jackson was a member of Temple B’nai Sholom in Quincy and was responsible for the design and oversight of an annex classroom and office for the Rabbi, in memoriam of Marcella Sinaiko Rosen, his mother-in-law. Coincidentally, Hal’s father Harry was born in Quincy in 1880, the son of William and Bertha Bibo Jackson; William and his brothers Manheim and Edward immigrated to the U.S. in the 1860’s from Germany and settled in Quincy. They were charter members of the Temple in 1869, still located on Ninth Street.

Hal was an active member of the Quincy Rotary Club, the Quincy Industrial Association, a charter member and active participant at Sheridan Swim Club, The Quincy Racquet Club, Westview Golf Club, and the Quincy Country Club where after 70 years of trying, he made a hole-in-one. Hal was an active supporter of the United Jewish Appeal and traveled to Israel on a UJA mission in 1970 after the Six Day War.

Mr. Jackson was a lifelong lover of jazz, playing piano with his band in high school shows, USO dances at Great Lakes and Fort Sheridan, local night clubs, on Detroit radio, and later on board his Navy ship and Officer Clubs in Pearl Harbor, Guam and Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.

During retirement, Hal and his wife Nicky traveled abroad and to most of the 50 states and enjoyed winters in Carefree, AZ.

Survivors include his wife, daughter Linda (Stephen Sharp) of Glencoe, IL, son David (Pamela) of San Clemente, CA, son Daniel of Encinitas, CA and grandson James (Jamey) Sharp of Glencoe.

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruth Volman and brother William.

Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018 at Temple B’Nai Sholom with Rabbie Brigitte Rosenberg officiating.

Visitation: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Burial will be conducted privately in Valley of Peace Cemetery, Quincy, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Valley of Peace Cemetery, Quincy, IL, the Anti-Defamation League of St. Louis or Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, Alabama c/o Morris Dees.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. Nicky, I just read the paper and learned of your Hal’s passing. I am deeply sorry for your earthly loss. Hal was such a special man. I always treasured the visits with you and Hal. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love a friend – Connie K Balfour

  2. Dear Mrs. Jackson and family,
    My late father thought so much of Mr. Jackson not only as valued colleague and associate both at Quincy Soybean Products and later at Quincy Soybean during their years together, but also a trusted and valued friend over the decades. Please accept my condolences and prayers during this difficult time. May G-d bless his memory and ease your sense of loss.

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