Robert “Bob” E. Jackson

Robert “Bob” E. Jackson, 75, of rural Hillsboro passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

Robert E. Jackson, better known as Bob, was born on Oct. 8, 1943, to Arthur and Viva (Stout) Jackson. He lived his early years in the Elroy and Kendall area and graduated from Royal High School in 1962. 

On Sept. 28, 1963, he married Cheri Burch. They had two children, Tammy (Steven) Novy and Rob (Becky) Jackson. Bob and Cheri ran the Mount Tabor Bar from the early 1970s until they parted company in about 1985.

After that divorce, he married an old high school sweetheart, Sharon Kleadhn. That marriage didn’t last very long, but he gained four kids in the process.

He married Judy (Krueger) Burch on Jan. 24, 1990. They bought back the Mount Tabor Bar and ran it for several years. In this marriage, he gained two more kids, three more grandkids and several great-grandkids.

Bob loved life, he loved people, and he hated sitting home. He loved softball, snowmobiling, playing cards, tractor pulls and motorcycles! And did we mention, he hated sitting home.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Judy; three sisters, Violet Williamson, Bernice Hoppenrath and Evelyn Marshall; all of his sisters’ spouses; a great-granddaughter, Harley Starkey; his second ex-wife, Sharon; along with several nieces and nephews.

Bob is survived by his two children, Tammy (Steven) Novy and Rob (Becky) Jackson; a sister, Regina “Dena” Puhl; all six of his stepchildren, Cheryl (Larry) Starkey, Ron Burch, Carrie, Kevin and Craig Kleadhn, and Kelly Resac; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be from 4–6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Ontario. A celebration of life will immediately follow at RiversEnd Bar and Restaurant in Ontario.

The Torkelson Funeral Home in Ontario will assist the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at

Comments are closed.

  • Doris W. Ehle

    8 hours ago

    Doris W. Ehle, 77, of Oregon, Wis., died Monday, July 8, 2019, surrounded by her loving family, at the Agrace Hospice Care Facility in Madison.

    Robert Benish Sr.

    July 14th, 2019

    Robert Benish Sr., 88, of rural Hillsboro, Wis., passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, due to a severe fall at home.

    Robert Daniel Oberbruner

    July 9th, 2019

    Robert Daniel Oberbruner, 69, of Ontario, a former Janesville resident, passed away at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah on July 3, 2019, due to complications from kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Lewy body dementia.

    Joyce (Jacobson) Conant

    July 1st, 2019

    Joyce (Jacobson) Conant, 69, of Norwalk lost her battle Sunday, June 30, 2019, after a long fight with cancer.

    Thomas Arthur Gilmore

    June 30th, 2019

    On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Thomas Arthur Gilmore passed away at the Veterans Administration Hospice Unit in Tomah, Wis.

  • Thomas A. Gilmore

    June 27th, 2019

    Thomas A. Gilmore, 80, of Tomah passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center.

    Carol A. Eckelberg Osteboe

    June 27th, 2019

    Carol A. Eckelberg Osteboe, 85, of Wilton passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at her home after her two-year battle with cancer.

    Robert “Bob” Phillips

    June 24th, 2019

    Robert “Bob” Phillips, 66, of Black Valley, rural Wilton, passed away at his home Saturday, June 22, 2019.

    Ronald Edward Dritlein

    June 17th, 2019

    Ronald Edward Dritlein Sr., 81, of Ontario died Thursday, June 13, 2019, peacefully at his home in Ontario, surrounded by his loving family.

    Ronald Dean Clark

    June 1st, 2019

    Ronald Dean Clark, 79, of Wilton passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, at Bethel Home in Viroqua.

    William “Bill” R. Bever

    May 31st, 2019

    William “Bill” R. Bever, 76, of Janesville passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019, at St. Mary Hospital in Janesville.

  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Archives