Leroy “Lee” Arthur Jackson
Leroy “Lee” Arthur Jackson, age 81, of Mechanicsburg, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Lee was born on Thursday, September 19, 1940 in New Brighton to the late Eugene Morilla Jackson and Velma Hazel (Doolittle) Jackson. In addition to his parents, Lee is preceded in death by his brother, Paul Jackson, his two sisters: Molly Weber and Bunny Clark, and his beloved Scottish terrier, Maggie.
Lee’s survivors include his husband of 30 years, Brian Neil Medkeff-Rose; his two daughters: Emily Uniacke and husband, Brian, and their son, Franklin, of Mechanicsburg, Kelly Murray and husband, Jon, and their two children: Simon and Caroline, of Mechanicsburg; his brother, Bob Jackson and wife, Jane, of Warren, OH; his three brothers-in-law: Dan Medkeff and wife, Debbie, of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Greg Medkeff and wife, Sally, of Lodi, OH. Gary Medkeff and wife, Jane, of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; and several nieces and nephews.
Lee was born and raised in New Brighton, Pennsylvania where he was loved by his mother, father and siblings. He was very active in his local church where he sang in the choir and felt the call to become a missionary. Lee began his studies at Nyack College and furthered his education at New York University where he received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He loved NYC where he held several positions as a business manager. After leaving NYC, Lee moved north, very north to the Adirondacks. He had always enjoyed nature, especially camping with one of his Scotty dogs. Being surrounded by God’s creation, Lee would often share stories of what it was like to live on 28 acres surrounded by nature. Lee moved to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to be with his life partner and spouse, Brian. He was known for his gardening and decided to take on the task of becoming a Penn State Master Gardener. Wow! Lee was proud of that accomplishment and enjoyed having family and friends call him for advice. Lee was very active in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Church where he sang in the choir and cofounded the community garden. Each year fresh veggies from the community garden were raised to help feed the hungry. It would be an understatement to say Lee was an awesome cook. After retiring as a clinical program manager with PinnacleHealth, Lee considered becoming a private caterer. His ability to design a menu fit for the grandest celebration was amazing. His family and friends enjoyed feasts not only for the many holidays but even simple elegant picnics outside surrounded by all the gardens. Lee loved genealogy and would spend hours researching not only his own family history but also friends and family’s ancestry. Lee’s life can be measured in so many gifts and graces. His greatest achievement however was becoming a grandfather as he truly embraced the well given title, “Pop Pop Lee”.
All are welcome to join Lee’s family at his gathering of family and friends on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. with a service beginning at 2:00 p.m. all at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 626 Williams Grove Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Reverend John J. Ward-Diorio and Pastor Allyssa Boyer officiating. Lee’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship at his church immediately following the service. Cremation was private.
The family sends their most heartfelt thanks to everyone at Fresenius Kidney Care in Camp Hill who so lovingly cared for Lee during his illness.
Contributions in celebration of Lee’s life can be made to Homeland at Home Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270, Harrisburg, PA 17110, www.homelandathome.org/donate or St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 626 Williams Grove Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, www.saintpaulsucc-mech.org/on-line-giving.
Lee’s family has entrusted his care to Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Lee’s full obituary and sign his official guest book at Buhrig.com.