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Richard “Dick” Jackson 05/10/2020

Richard “Dick” Jackson 05/10/2020

Richard “Dick” Kley Jackson, Jr. age 61, of Hudson passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, May 10, 2020. He was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Hopatcong High School. Dick went on to graduate from Embrey Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. He worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician at American Airlines for 27 years. He had a life-long love of airplanes. In 1981, he married Kristine Freericks, the couple was blessed with two children. Dick found enjoyment in jazz music, old westerns and traveling. Dick was proud to be a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey and Hudson. He is remembered by his family as a practical man that taught his children common sense and his adage “always buy 2”. Dick is survived by his wife, Kristine; daughter, Ashley (Justin) Bach; son, Matthew (Heather) Jackson; granddaughter, Harper Jackson; father and step-mother, Richard (Elaine) Jackson, Sr.; sister, Susan Jackson; brothers, Andrew (Candice) Jackson, Patrick (Meghan) Jackson; mother-in-law, Annabelle Freericks; nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Jackson; grandmother, Hannah Jackson; niece, Kirsten Ferry; father-in-law, Alfred Freericks; and aunt, Mary Louise McWalters. A private family service will take place May 12, 2020. A public visitation was held Friday, May 29, 2020 from 4-7 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S Knowles Ave.) in New Richmond. A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 11 am with visitation one hour prior to the service at Bakken-Young as well.   All guests (both days) will be required to wear their masks and practice CDC mitigation guidelines, which includes physical distancing.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

To watch Dick’s Celebration of Life recording:  click here to watch recorded service in VOD library


  • Wade Crowley Posted May 12, 2020 11:44 pm

    Sorry to hear of the passing of a Brother, condolences to the family from the members of Defiance Engine Company #3 Hopatcong New Jersey.

  • Brenda Midbrod Posted May 12, 2020 11:50 pm

    I was so sorry to hear this news today. God bless. Hugs to Kris and kids. ❤️

  • Deanna Dahlberg Posted May 13, 2020 12:49 am

    Kris, Ashley and Matt, I am broken hearted for all of you! 💔 my sincerest condolences to all of you from Tom and myself.
    I remember Dick at the Metro Dome down on the field with Tom and I when Marching Band got to practice there one time! We were commenting on how different it looked from on the field!
    Hugs and love to all of you 🤗

  • Rick and Becky Youngmark Posted May 13, 2020 3:24 am

    We are so shocked to hear of Dick’s passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. He was a good friend that we got to know very well. He took the time to talk to people and make them feel special. God has gotten one heck of an angel.

  • Stephanie Adams Posted May 13, 2020 4:28 am

    So sorry to hear of DJ’s passing. Sending hugs and prayers to the whole family at such a difficult time. Enjoyed working with Dick at American MSP.

  • Brian Kelly Posted May 13, 2020 4:49 am

    Dickie was a really good guy and a nice person …Always had a smile on his face …I am really sorry for your loss…I went to Hopatcong High school with him…To Susan Jackson and his Family ..Really sorry for your loss….Brian Kelly…

  • Roxann Walas Posted May 13, 2020 5:34 am

    So sorry. I remember Dick working on the fire trucks in Hopatcong. He had cut his finger and grabbed some electrical tape and wrapped it up. A sliced finger wasn’t going to slow him down.

  • Bonnie Varney Posted May 13, 2020 6:16 am

    please accept my condolences. My father was named Richard Jackson but he passed away in the late 1900s. I too have lived in Hopatcong and I was on the ambulance Service there for many years.

  • Kookie Posted May 13, 2020 11:57 am

    I was honored to have played in band with Dick for many years at Hopatcong HS. He was a great trumpet player. My condolences to his family.

  • jason Parker Posted May 13, 2020 11:58 am

    My noes friend for many years I miss him already. even though time passes and we did not talk when we did it was like we saw each other yesterday. Love you man

  • Rose Ueland Posted May 13, 2020 3:10 pm

    Kristine, Ashley, and Matt, May God comfort you and know that he is watching over you. The love between a husband and wife and a father for his children is a precious gift. I will keep your family in my prayers just as you keep DJ in your hearts.

  • Thomas Atkins Posted May 13, 2020 4:27 pm

    I served with Dick in the Hopatcong Fire Department he was a great guy and nice to be around. So sad he passed away at such a young age. To the Jackson family we send our love and sympathy. Thomas and Mary Lou Atkins

  • Lorraine, Sal (Yates) Cucinella & Family Posted May 13, 2020 8:23 pm

    We were all honored to be Dick’s friends. He was a great trumpit player and always had a smile. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. We are very sorry for your loss.

  • Tom Barthman Posted May 14, 2020 5:50 pm

    Sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Proud to have served with him at the Hudson Fire Department.

  • Donna (Yates) Geary Posted May 14, 2020 11:25 pm

    Dick was a great guy and a special friend. He was a great trumpet player as well. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Kris and the family. Dick (DJ) will never be forgotten. DJ is unforgettable.

  • John C Scala Posted May 17, 2020 9:25 pm

    So very sad to learn this news!! Dick & I were friends growing up in Hopatcong. We shared many fun experiences at each other’s houses, on the athletic field, out on the lake…he was a good friend. Please accept my most sincere heartfelt condolences.

  • Sally Field Posted May 25, 2020 12:39 pm

    Matt, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending loving prayers for your family during this hard time. Reach out please if I can do anything.

  • Ted Haland Posted May 25, 2020 8:24 pm

    He was such a nice guy. My love and condolences to you.

  • David Harvell Posted May 28, 2020 11:09 pm

    Dick Jackson, a lifelong friend. His dynamic spirit took him to so many places around the world, but he was always there to talk with you. Such a painful loss.

    Prayers for your restful peace my friend.

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