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Robert (Bob) Arnold Jackson

January 3, 2021 | 10 comments

Robert (Bob) Arnold Jackson, 71, of La Crosse, WI passed away peacefully in his home on Jan. 1, 2021 from complications after battling liver cirrhosis due to NASH for many years.  

He was born in Viroqua on July 20, 1949 to Arnold and Eldoris (Felde) Jackson.  Bob served in the Army and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.  After his service he returned home and worked for Country Kitchen in La Crosse and Onalaska.  He married Bonnie Bakko on May 4, 1974.  Together they owned Countryside Restaurant in St. Joseph Ridge from 1980-1985.  Shortly after, they began Jackson Properties and owned many rental properties in the area.

Bob was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.  He enjoyed fishing (drowning worms), collecting coins, and spending time joking around with family and friends.  One of his favorite pastimes was shopping for anything, regardless of whether he needed it or not.  He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and their children, Craig Jackson of West Salem, WI, Sara (Randy) Jarvis of Bangor, WI, and Brian (Gaia) Jackson of Minneapolis, MN. He is also survived by his brothers, Alan Jackson of West Salem, WI, Steve Jackson of La Crosse, WI, and Gary (Nancy) Jackson of West Salem, WI.  Bob is survived by three grandchildren, Erin, Ryan, and Claire.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Steven Schlack-Haerer and the Gundersen Lutheran Hospice program.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org).

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Condolences may be left at www.couleecremation.com.  Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.




  1. Lois Malzacher Weeks

    Bonnie, Craig, Sara, Brian and families I’m at a loss of words. I just wish I could hug each of you instead. Even though it’s been many years since I’ve seen each of you, I never forget how precious each of you are to me. Bob was a great guy. I’m thankful to have had all of you in my life.

  2. Rudy and Carla Mehner

    We wish to extend our condolences to the Jackson family. We didn’t know Bob for very long; just long enough to know he had a big heart and a zest for life.
    Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Nancy Jackson

    He will be missed by many, my heart goes out to his whole family!!

  4. Gary Jackson

    Bob was a great older brother. He left us way too soon. He loved working, I know he had much he still wanted to do. His sharp wit will be missed by all who knew him.

  5. David Jackson

    Uncle Bob has had a huge impact on my life – on what a healthy outlook is, on the importance of humor in understanding the world, and what resilience looks like. Thank you for the great role you played in helping me become a man. We love you forever, Bob.

  6. Kay and Jack Fleig

    Bob was a lovingGrandpa who always made time for fun with the grandchildren. He will be truly missed and our hope for all the comfort of the many fun and loving memories .

  7. Jane K Liebl

    I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. It was a hard difficult struggle. And now he is at peace. I’m glad we ran into you guys at the clinic. With both of those guys in heaven now I can about imagine everyone is being entertained by their dry humor and jokes. Take care and God bless you all.

  8. Dawn Zumach, Earl Zumach

    We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Sending hugs to all of the Jackson family. We have so many memories of Bob and Bonnie and the Jackson family as part of our Country Kitchen family that will always be treasured. Take care and God bless you all.

  9. Edward Ryan

    My condolences to the Jackson family. I think of Bob when I’m at menards getting my rebate. I will pray for him.

  10. Dusty and Jennifer Lee

    Bonnie, Craig, Sara and Brian,
    Our sincere condolences in your loss. We pray that The Lord will grant you peace through this difficult time of loss.


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