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Claude Albert Jackson

Claude  Albert  “Kojak”  Jackson, 74, of Elwood, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 at I.U. Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Claude was born in Elwood on Oct. 17, 1947, to the late Ralph R. and Gladys Mae (Minniear) Jackson.
Claude proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.   While in the service, he received a Bronze Star Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Cam-paign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Purple Heart four times.
Claude was a member of the Elwood V.F.W. Post 5782, UAW Local 685, and the F.O.P. in Kokomo.
He loved to play bingo, enjoyed playing euchre, and has never met a stranger.
Claude will be remembered by many as “Daddy Doodle.”  Claude loved all children, and would always go out of his way to make sure every child felt special and loved.   Claude will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Claude is survived by his four siblings, Robert “Bud” Jackson of Elwood, Alvey Jackson of Kokomo, Doris Ann Stover of Goshen, and Danny Wheeler of Anderson; niece and caretaker, Jodi Gordon; his “Baby Girl,” Gracey Sparks; his “Little Best Friend,” Abel Kristopher Lee Idlewine; special nieces and nephews, James Purnell, Jasmine Purnell, Nathaniel McTaggart, and  Dusty Wherly; and a multitude of other nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Claude  was preceded in death by his sisters, Jane, June, Jenny, Joann, Jose-phine, and Thelma;  and brothers, Robert “Buck”, Wendell, Jack, Larry, Gary, Jim, and Melvin.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 at Dunnichay Funeral Home.
A funeral service to honor Claude’s life will immediately follow the visitation  at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Scott Blaylock officiating.  Burial will follow in the Elwood City Cemetery where military honors will be performed by the United States Army and the Elwood V.F.W. Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elwood V.F.W. Post 5782 through the funeral home.
To share a memory of Claude or to leave his family a special message, please visit www.dunnichayfuneralhome.com