James Jackson


James Jackson



Jim Jackson
Jim Jackson

James (Jim) Robert Jackson, 77 of Billings started his new adventure Friday, August 3, 2012.

Jim was born June 24, 1935 in Skidmore, MO, the son of Robert and Adaline (Bennett) Jackson. He graduated from Skidmore, High School in 1953 and received a bachelor’s degree in vocational agriculture from the University of Missouri in 1957.

Jim wed Ruth Marie Larner on July 8, 1962, his loving wife of 50 years.

Jim was manager of several Kenny Shoe stores in Idaho, Oregon and California before going to work for Ralston Purina in 1967, becoming a district sales manager.

He is best known for his business, Big Sky Feeds which he owned and operated for 34 years and for Jackson Quarter Horses, the beginning of the “Shine on Jack” line, both bringing him much happiness. Through the customers and 4-Hers he met he quickly formed long lasting friendships.

Survivors include his wife Ruth Jackson, and daughters Jennifer Jackson and Belinda Jackson, all of Billings, granddaughters, Whitney Kemp of Bozeman, and Rhianna Jackson of Billings, brother, Duane (Mary Lou) Jackson ( Mark and Janet), and sister-in-law Barbara Jackson (Keith and Kurt).

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Stephen Jackson.

Memorial services will be held 1pm Wednesday, August 8th at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to the Stephen Jackson Agricultural Scholarship c/o West Nodaway School District, Burlington Junction, MO, or the Montana 4-H Foundation Chapter of your choice.


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  1. Ruth, Jennifer, and Belinda,
    I am so sorry. I know the resulting separation from Jim’s passing is so painful. My words cannot take that pain away. Except that you know that I care.
    Jim is ( I say is and not was, because his soul is eternal and he has just shed the worn out body) one of the greatest horsemen that I have ever known. He loved his horses and treated them with love. He is a brilliant breeder and would not compromise form for function and sturdiness. He is my friend. I will miss him until the resurrection.
    He is an honest man, totally trustworthy, whose word was engraved in stone.
    He loves his wife, and daughters and all of his family.
    He always talked about getting Ruth a faster wheelbarrow.
    May Jim’s memory be eternal.
    In Christ,

  2. Ruth,Jennifer and Belinda,

    My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

    Nancy Lowry
    South Jordan, UT

  3. Dear Uncle Jim – rest in peace knowing that your time on this earth was spent well. You will be missed by your family and many friends, all of whom love you and respect you.

    In loving remembrance, your nephew Mark

    JIM JACKSON was the best – he was serious and honest as could be. Jim was caring and highly respected; he was studious – graduating from the University of Missouri in Agriculture, followed by two years in the ARMY SERVING HIS COUNTRY.
    Did you know him? I Did – He was my brother

    Jim loved his family growing up and after marriage; his wife, daughters and grandchildren. From age four, maybe five, he would run off and make it hard to track him down. He would close every gate behind him or he would get too close to the edge of the water tank and fall in.
    Did you know him? I Did – He was my brother

    And in the past several years Jim and I had many phone conversations; he had health problems as did I. He strived to conquer those aches and pains – and we would tell each other “to hang in there”. Often we were each in rehab or hospitals at the same time and connect by phone calls to check on each other.
    Did you know him? I Did – He was my brother

    We used to sing at church when we were kids growing up at the country church “Burr Oak”. Sometimes I would send him some music from the old hymn books. He recalled those days, those good times when our family went together to church and Sunday School.


  5. Dear Ruth, Jennifer and Belinda,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate what a wonderful man and father Jim was and how many people he touched thru his life.

    Hugs, Jacquie Kittson

  6. Wes and Dixie Osborne and family

    So very glad to be able to call Jim our friend! Because of him, we always rode good Quarter Horses! We will truly miss him.
    Hugs and Love,
    Wes, Dixie, Levi, Krista and Cody Osborne
    Shepherd, Mt

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