Ed Ray Jackson passed away on July 16, 2021, with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond Jackson, mother, Francis Jackson, and sisters Treva Fagan and Brenda Brown. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his son Aaron Jackson (Allison) who are expecting their first child in September, his son Adam (Amy) and their children Jhett and Emma Jackson.

Ed was born on December 25, 1950, in Wabash County, Indiana. He attended Southwood High School through his sophomore year before transferring to Peru High School. While at Peru, he earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball, football and track. Ed graduated in 1969 and went onto run track at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Ed graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics. As a life loyal sig, Ed Jackson was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.