WEBSTER ó Jackson Herman Herr, 77, died Friday, May 30, 2014, in his home.
Jackson H. Herr was born in Webster on Nov. 29, 1936, to Gus and Nora Herr. He attended Webster Public Schools and graduated in 1955. He received his undergraduate training from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, graduating in 1960 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. He was a member of the College Band and was featured as trumpet soloist. He was principal trumpet of the Augustana Town and Gown Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the South Dakota National Guard, 196 Combat Team Company for 9 years.
He married Coy Hofer on Aug. 14, 1964. They recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary a few months early.
In 1965, he received a Masterís Degree in Music Education from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D., where he was also principal soloist. Prior to joining the staff at Winona Middle School in 1968, he taught in Doland and Sisseton as well as Rawlins, Wyo. He was a member of the NEA, MEA, WEA, MMEA and MENC. He was a charter member of the NBA (National Band Association).
While teaching in School District No. 861, he directed the Jr. High Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band in over 300 performances. His band was selected by taped audition to perform in two MMEA Conferences. He was also the recipient of many awards. Jackson loved his students and they loved him. After retiring from the Winona School District in 1993, he taught music at Saint Martinís School, and the Rochester Academy of Performing Arts. He was a Certified Music Adjudicator in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
His faith and belief that God deeply loved him and had a plan for his life is what sustained him through his years of struggling with ill health. His continual sweet spirit and constant uplifting attitude blessed all those who had the privilege to spend time with him during the long years of dealing with Parkinsonís.
He is survived by his sons, Matt (Alison), of Des Moines, Iowa, and Jeff (Nicole) of Annandale, Minn.; three grandchildren; sister-in-law, Cherrie Giles of Escondido, Calif.; two nieces and one nephew.
Services have already taken place.
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