Jackson Herman Herr passed away on Friday, May 30, in his home after many years of illness.
Jackson H. Herr was born in Webster, South Dakota, on November 29, 1936. His parents, Gus, a Newspaper Editor, and Nora, a photographer, and brother Kenneth all preceded him in death. Jackson attended Webster Public Schools and graduated in 1955.
Jackson received his undergraduate training from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., graduating in 1960 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education.
While at Augustana, he was a member of the College Band and was featured as trumpet soloist. He was principal trumpet of the Augustana Town and Gown Symphony Orchestra.
Jackson was a member of the South Dakota National Guard, 196 Combat Team Company for nine years.
He married Coy Hofer on Aug. 14, 1964. They recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary a few months early.
In 1965, he received a Masterís Degree in Music Education from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D., where he was also principal soloist.
Prior to joining the staff at Winona Middle School in 1968, he taught in Doland and Sisseton, S.D., as well as Rawlins, Wyo. He was a member of the NEA, MEA, WEA, MMEA and MENC. He was a charter member of the NBA (National Band Association).
While teaching in School District #861, he directed the Junior High Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band in over 300 performances. His band was selected by taped audition to perform in two MMEA Conferences. He was also the recipient of many awards. Jackson loved his students and they loved him. Those who knew him were blessed by his passion for music.
After retiring from the Winona School District in 1993, he taught music at St. Martinís School, and the Rochester Academy of Performing Arts. He was a Certified Music Adjudicator in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
Jacksonís faith and belief that God deeply loved him and had a plan for his life is what sustained him through his years of struggling with ill health. His continual sweet spirit and constant uplifting attitude blessed all those who had the privilege to spend time with him during the long years of dealing with Parkinsonís. He shed many tears but rarely over sadness for himself. His tears were tears of joy as he was reminded of all of you who have touched his life in beautiful ways.
Jackson will always be Dad to Matt (Alsion), Des Moines, Iowa, and to Jeff (Nicole) Annandale, Minn. He is Grandpa to Dakotah, Garrett, and Madalyn, all of Des Moines. He is brother-in-law to Cherrie Giles, Escondido, Calif.; Uncle to Melanie Hasty, Temecula Calif., and Julie Saunders and Greg (Brenda) Herr, Ephrata, Wash.
There will be a time of visitation with the family Friday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Church in Winona. A Memorial Service will be Saturday, June 7, starting at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be given to Pleasant Valley Church and Winona Hospice.
Tremendous gratefulness is felt for the love and support shown to Jackson and Coy by friends and Winona Hospice.