William B. ‘Bill’ Jackson, 65, of Lincoln, died July 1, 2017. He was born Oct. 31, 1951, in Valentine to Byron and Viola (Wondercheck) Jackson. Bill worked at BNSF railroad for 29 years as a heavy equipment operator. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Larry Clymer of Lincoln; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 7, at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln. Interment followed the service at Wyuka Cemetery. Please send memorials to the family for a later designation. Online condolences may be left at www.wyuka.com.
Bill was born Oct. 31, 1951, in Valentine, Neb., to Byron and Viola (Wondercheck ) Jackson. Bill was the youngest of six children. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters Betty, Mary, Donna, and one brother Jim. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Sue and Larry Clymer of Lincoln along with a number of nieces and nephews.
The family lived on a ranch homesteaded by their grandparents southwest of Valentine until the loss of their father in 1958. In 1959 the family moved to Cody, Neb., and then to Gordon, Neb., in the fall of 1960. Bill spent his summer working on different ranches in the sand hills of Nebraska during hay season. He graduated from Gordon High School in 1970.
After graduating from high school, Bill came to Lincoln to find work. He spent his first summer in Lincoln tearing down an old house for Crawford Lumber. He was later hired by Burlington Northern Railroad. During his first years with the railroad he lived in South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and Missouri.
In the early ’70’s he returned to Lincoln and still traveled, but made his home here until his passing. When asked to go on a vacation he said no “it seems I have lived out of a hotel most of my life, I just want to stay home and read about the places you are going. Take a lot of pictures and I will see them when you get back.”
Bill loved reading, watching sports, the NFL and Nebraska football were his passions in the fall. I learned very quickly not to get into a Jeopardy competition with him, I never won. He could remember name, dates, events and thought you should too. Once in a while you could get him to play an entertaining round of Rummy.
Bill enjoyed spending time with his nephews. One of the past-times he often shared with his nephews were taking them on weekend fishing trips around Lincoln. He was a pretty good fisherman, knew how to find where the fish were biting, and often returned home with a stringer full of fish.
When his nieces and nephews grew up and had families of their own, he would be the first to call and come over to the house to see if the “kids” arrived, of course we all knew it was not to see us, but it was to enjoy his great niece and nephews.
He enjoyed the sand hills of Nebraska and always wanted to move back to live. Mom asked him why he didn’t the last time they rode out there together and he said because of all of his medical issues it probably wouldn’t be a good idea.