Posted 5/29/13 (Wed)
Funeral service for Robert “Bob” Jackson, 69, of Mesa, Ariz., was held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Fulkerson Funeral Home, Watford City, with Pastor Adrian Timmons officiating. Interment was in the TeePee Buttes Cemetery under the care of Fulkerson Funeral Home, Watford City, N.D. Services and burial were held in Watford City, N.D.
Bob was born in Williston, N.D., to Jay C and Thelma (Hamre) Jackson and lived most of his early years in South Dakota. He returned to Watford City, N.D., when he was 11. Bob joined the Navy in 1961 and was a Vietnam vet. He married Rosalie Veeder in 1965 and graduated from Minot State College in 1969. Bob taught school for three years before he and Rosalie moved to West Yellowstone, Mont., where they owned two businesses.
In 1972, while out hunting alone, Bob met God on a hillside, and it changed his life. He will forever be grateful to the Lord for meeting him there.
Bob completed his Masters at Eastern Montana College in Billings, Mont., in 1985, and married Sue Borowy Johnson the same year. The family moved to South Dakota where Bob was a counselor at the local high school. In 1989, Bob and Sue packed up their horses and drove to Florida. There they began riding west, following the back roads and meeting and visiting with the local residents along the way. They were able to ride through Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and were just entering Louisiana when Bob’s mom passed away and the trip came to an early end. After returning from the trip, Bob wrote an historical fiction novel, Rides Far, drawing from his personal experiences on the reservation as well as his extensive knowledge of history from that time period. In 2005, he and Sue moved to Mesa, Ariz., for Sue’s job.
Bob passed away on May 16, 2013, from COPD at his home in Mesa, Ariz.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sue; his daughters, Tara High and Nikole (Terry Jr.) Gribben; three grandsons, Zane High, Nate High, and Kasey Gribben; numerous cousins, and his ex-wife Rosalie Veeder.
Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to your local Rescue Mission or the Salvation Army.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.