Eugene L. Jackman, 78, Navy vet, worked for PECO, enjoyed rebuilding Model A Fords

By on December 21, 2016

Eugene L. Jackman, 78, of Airville, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in his home.

He was the husband of Mary A. “Molly” Jackman, formerly of Ephrata, with whom he shared 24 years of marriage. Born on March 27, 1938, in Greenfield, Mass., he was a son of the late Charles Jackman and Lois A. (Cromack) Trow.

Gene enjoyed life beginning with a childhood with his brothers on their Massachusetts farm. As a young child, he was involved in his church. Every Sunday morning he vacuumed the floors and rang the church bell before the service began. He was also a Boy Scout. After high school graduation, he served the country in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1976 on a nuclear submarine.

Following his career service, Gene worked for PECO Power Co. for 25 years. Gene loved serving others as a member of Calvary Chapel Church in Delta; at Chanceford Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder for eight years; and with the Lions Club of Mason Dixon. Gene also enjoyed being a member of the Ford Model A Club.

Gene loved and enjoyed his family and friends, his church, canoeing, hiking, woodworking, Model A Ford rebuilding, and building his home. His deep love and sincere care for others is how he will be remembered.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Danette Sperry and her husband, John, of Maysville, Ga.; Jane McGrath and her husband, Philip, of Pottstown; Betsey Gilbert of Baltimore, Md.; Susan Ashcroft and her husband, Bill, of Stevens; daughter-in-law: DeeDee Jackman, wife of his late son, Daryn Jackman, of Voluntown, Conn.; three brothers; and eight grandchildren.

Services were held Dec. 18 at Calvary Chapel of Delta, 5911 Delta Road, Delta, with Pastor Doug McClean presiding. Interment was private.

Harkins Funeral Home, Delta, has been entrusted with his arrangements. To offer an online condolences, visit


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