SEARSPORT — Richard L. (Dick) Jackson passed from this life Dec. 4, 2021, his 84th birthday, at the Frankfort Assisted Living Facility. He was the son of the late Alton and Catherine (Davis) Jackson, born at home on Jackson Avenue in Searsport.

He graduated in 1956 from Searsport High School and served from 1958 to 1960 in the Army at Fort Myer, Va. Returning to Searsport, he was a lobsterman for a while and found a career working for the Defense Department at the Defense Fuel Supply Point in Searsport, known as the “Tank Farm,” until it closed in 1998.

Later he found his niche in guns and ammo. He became very knowledgeable and was a first-class weaponologist. He enjoyed taking many people target-shooting, instilling safety rules into everyone. He was a lifetime member of the NRA.

He was a crossword puzzle enthusiast, could recall all details about movies, and had an entertaining gift for telling stories with Maine lingo added at the right places.

Dick is survived by his sister, Judy Choate, of Searsport and Wellsville, N.Y.; two nephews, Christopher (Joanne) Choate of Oswego, N.Y., and Brian (Shelley) Choate of Wellsville, N.Y.; and was grandpa to Nycole (Justin) Burbanko and Andrea Conlon of Fairfax, Vt. He is also survived by his longtime friend Roger Brown, second cousin Benji Greenlaw, who saw to many needs during his illness, and many great-nieces and -nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his longtime companion, Leona Herrick (also on her birthday in 2015), and brother-in-law David Choate.

A memorial service will be announced in 2022. Donations in Dick’s memory may be made to Kindness Program, P.O. Box 526, Searsport, ME 04974, or to another Searsport-area charitable organization.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.

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