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Merle M. Jackman

Merle M. Jackman, age 76, of Upper Sandusky died at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Wyandot Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 1, 1936, in Salineville, he was a son of the late Henry and Helen (Martin) Jackman. 

He had attended John Stewart United Methodist Church.

In 1954 he joined the Army Security Agency and was assigned to Tokyo, Japan, where he played for the 1956 Tokyo Bulldogs undefeated Football team and they were the Far East Champions. He was named to the All-Far East Team by "Stars and Stripes" at offensive tackle. After returning to Ohio he entered the banking field and moved his family to Euclid, Barberton and Upper Sandusky.

He was a 1954 graduate of Salineville Local High School, Irondale. He attended Mt. Union College where he played football and basketball.  He graduated from the University of Akron with a business degree and Thomas Edison State College with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

He had been vice president of Commercial Savings Bank, an accountant at Westinghouse, a Comptroller and treasurer at Wyandot Dolomite, founder of Tasty Pastry, was a business consultant, an entrepreneur and taught Business at Marion Technical College and at Van Guard Technical School, Fremont, OH. He was founder of The Tropical Breeze School of Realty, Bradenton, FL, where he was also active as a real estate broker.

During his journey he was always active in work with the Jaycees, Masonic Bodies, Young Republican Clubs and Warrior's Youth Sports Leagues. He was awarded the John S. Andres Ohio State Award for outstanding work in the Young Republican Club of Wayne County.

His hobbies were going to sports programs and attending sporting events.  He coached Hi-Y Basketball at Upper Sandusky High School, collected old fishing lures, took fishing trips to his summer home in Wawa, Canada, and enjoyed reading newspapers.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah L. Korosy, whom he married Nov. 27, 1958; three sons, Jim (Lorraine) Jackman, Bradenton, FL, Rodney Jackman, Fort Ashby, WV, and John (Wendy) Jackman, Delaware; two daughters, Jody Bowden, Nevada, and Diane Jackman, Upper Sandusky; nine grandchildren, Chasity, David, Elijah, Andrew, Joshua, Jeremy, Zachary, Emma and Brooke, two great grandchildren, Abigail and Conor.

Private funeral services were held July 8 at Bringman Clark Funeral Home with Steve Sturgeon and Dallas Maltsbarger officiating. Burial was in Old Mission Cemetery with military graveside services held by Upper Sandusky Veterans Color Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Upper Sandusky Rams Athletic Boosters in care of Bringman Clark Funeral Home, 226 E. Wyandot Ave. Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.

To extend a condolence, share a memory or to view the life tribute video visit www. BringmanClark.com.