Edward Jackfert

Edward Jackfert

Friday, December 16th, 1921 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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Edward Jackfert 98 of Tampa, FL, formerly of Wellsburg, WV, passed away at 9:30 PM on Friday, July 24, 2020 at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL while under Hospice Care.

Edward was born on December 16, 1921 in Eldersville, PA. He was the son of the late Joseph and Stella (Kubic) Jackfert.

Edward was a 1939 graduate of Wellsburg High School. He served his country proudly in the United Army Air Corps during WWII. He was sent to aircraft engineer’s school and completed the course to be assigned to the Philippine Islands with the 28th Bomb Squadron which later became a part of the 19th Bomb Group. He was at Clark Field, Philippine Islands, when the Japanese attacked it on December 8, 1941. Edward and the unit surrendered to the Japanese and became a Prisoner of War for three years and four months during the Bataan Death March. After the Military, Edward went to Bethany College graduating with a Degree in Economics. He retired from the Internal Revenue Service as a Criminal Investigator and worked primarily in the field of organized crime and corruption of public officials. In May 1999, he was elected National Commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, a national veteran's organization. In addition to veteran’s organizations, Edward was a member of the Wellsburg Presbyterian Church, the Elks and the American Legion. In his spare time, Edward enjoyed golf and all different kinds of sports.

In addition to his parents, Edward was preceded in death by his a son, Kent Jackfert and seven siblings, Melvin, John, Martin and Joseph Jackfert, Pete and Frank Marcinek, Helen Cook and Margaret DeVaul.

Edward is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Henrietta (Cook) Jackfert of Tampa, FL, two children, Jody Jackfert and her companion, Ben Keslin and Janice Jackfert, all of Tampa, FL, a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Jackfert of Charleston, WV, five grandchildren, Lindsay Griffith and her husband, Truman, John Kent Jackfert and his wife, Caitlin, Katelin Jackfert Emory and her husband, Matt and Matthew Jackfert, four great grandchildren, Alex, Jack, Caroline, K.J. and Jennings and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

The WV Patriot Guard will escort Edward to a Public Graveside Service which will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Franklin Cemetery, Wellsburg, WV, with Military Honors by the WV Army National Guard.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, C/o Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV 26070.

Please note that limited access and social distancing will be in place during Service. All attendees will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Hand sanitizer stations will be available. In addition, if you are unable to attend or not feeling well, please consider sending a card or leave an online condolence.

The Chambers Funeral Home, Wellsburg, WV (304)737-3551 is honored and privileged to assist the family during this most sorrowful time.

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  • Service

    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 2:00pm
    Franklin Cemetery
    Washington Pike
    WELLSBURG, WV 26070
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    Pastor Frank Haas
  • Interment

    Franklin Cemetery
    Washington Pike
    WELLSBURG, WV 26070
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


  • American
  • American Area Campaign Medal
  • American Defense Service Medal
  • American Legion
  • Asiatic Pacific Service Medal
  • Bronze Star
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Elks Lodge
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Philippine Liberation Medal
  • POW / MIA
  • Presbyterian Church
  • World War 2 Victory Medal


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Katelin and Matt Emory

Posted at 04:15pm
Pop pop, you are one of the strongest men I know. I know you are in a better place and will be watching over us everyday. You will be forever missed.
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Jim Hart

Posted at 06:08pm
I worked and traveled with Ed in Wheeling during the late 60’s. He was one of my favorite people. My condolences to his family.

Mindy Kotler Smith

Posted at 06:18pm
Requiescat in pace, I will keep fighting for you.
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Mary Kay Wallace

Posted at 05:06pm
Henrietta, Janice, and Jody: My heart goes out to all of you. Eddie was truly a remarkable man who loved family, flag, and his beloved ADBC Museum. When he and Henrietta walked into my life, I felt so honored to assist him with his special collection, and later, the Museum. His legacy will never be forgotten. He lives on, and so does his vast contributions to educate all age groups of the atrocities of war; especially, Japanese students who benefit from this knowledge. We will never stop promoting his project to advance the education and research of the Pacific Theater during WWII. Love you All!

Randolph Cook

Posted at 10:13am
In loving memory of Uncle Eddie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Cook family are with you and all your family.
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