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Cartoonist drawn home

August 25, 2018

Phil Jackson, 96, remembered

For 60 years, editorial cartoonist Phil Jackson commented on life through drawings.

Why change in death?

Jackson, 96, died Friday in Florida, where he retired to with his second wife, Frieda. Before he moved south, the former Ludington Daily News cartoonist left the accompanying cartoon at Cornerstone Baptist Church, where he long had been an active member. He left instructions that it was for publication in the Daily News when he died.

Gone home, indeed.

The tall, lanky cartoonist learned cartooning at the Chicago Art Institute. He is being remembered for his craft, enjoying life and loving his church, his Lord and his family.

A celebration of life is planned for Jackson at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Cornerstone Baptist Church. The Rev. Mary Jackson Prior, one of his daughters, will officiate.

Jackson began his editorial cartooning and illustrating career at about 1950 at the Newport News in Newport, Virginia. It led him to the Orlando Sentinel, where for several years he did front-page cartoons in full color.

Later, he would go on to the Toledo Blade, where he cartooned and illustrated for 20 years before changing careers and buying a Western Auto Parts franchise in Ludington.

See full story in Friday’s Ludington Daily News or e-Edition