Rudolph (Rudy) Jackson, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2022, at the age of 94. After months of failing health, Rudy transitioned peacefully at his home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his beloved family at his side. His last communication with them was his ever-present smile. Rudy was born on August 27, 1928, in Tampa, Fl, as the fourth child of Evans and Mamie I. (Cash) Jackson.
In 1933, in search of opportunity, Rudy's family moved to GA, where he grew up. He entered the U.S. Army/Airforce in 1947, and in 1948, graduated from the U.S. Army Infantry School in Fort Benning, GA.
He served one year in the United States Air Force, then two years in the 82nd Airborne Division of the Army. After receiving his honorary discharge in 1950, Rudy was transferred by the Department of Defense to Reading PA. In 1954, Rudy married his childhood sweetheart Joan Y. Jackson. They were inseparable for 47 years when she predeceased him. His love for Joan never wavered and he spoke of her with joy and with his characteristic smile time and time again.
In 1957, The Department of Defense transferred Rudy to Harrisburg. He Became actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America Keystone Council as a volunteer, helping to enrich the lives of many area youth.
Rudy’s dedication as a Boy's Scout volunteer earned him the prestigious Order of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America in 1967, and the highest award, the Silver Beaver, in 1969. He graduated from HACC in 1977 and was offered a professional position with the Boy Scouts as Community Services Director from 1970-74.
In 1974, he was asked to be the Director of Community Ministry at Covenant Presbyterian Church and served there for one year. Rudy was deeply dedicated to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He sang hymns with gusto and clearly showed his gratitude in worship and service.
Since 1975, Rudy was employed with the United Way of the Capital Region. He was Vice President/Resource Development responsible for managing the state and federal combined appeal campaigns. He retired from the United Way of the Capital Region in 1993.
Rudy was also a member of Frontiers International, Uchoig Chapter of Fellowship, a Life member of the NAACP, and a Ruling Elder of Capital Presbyterian Church.
Rudy Jackson is survived by his devoted children, David, Judith (David), Bradley, 11 grandchildren. and 11 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends. He was predeceased by his siblings Alvin, Horace, Robert, Andrew, Frederick, Leon, Catherine, Faye and daughter In-law Carmen Jackson (David).
Masks are necessary and required during services.
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