Cemetery/parks supervisor dies unexpectedly

Karen Danner
Art Jackson

A Chillicothe man died Aug. 5 after falling from his boat into the Illinois River.

Arthur O. Jackson, 76, of 1219 N. Sixth St., was pronounced dead by LifeFlight personnel at Three Sisters Park that night.

According to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll, the cause of death was drowning, in conjunction with a heart attack, which may have caused Jackson to fall into the water and subsequently drown.

She said that Jackson, who was fishing in his 14-foot jon boat, entered the water at mile marker 177.

Jackson was found in about 12 feet of water about 150 yards from the shore.

Chillicothe Community Fire Department chief John Myers said that the call came in about 6:20 p.m., and firemen retrieved Jackson’s body from Rome resident Marcie Crothers, who had canoed from her home on Riverbeach in an attempt to rescue Jackson after seeing him in the water.

Firemen came ashore at the Lighthouse restaurant in Rome, where a waiting Rescue 33 ambulance transported Jackson to Three Sisters Park.

Lifeflight personnel arrived on the scene and pronounced Jackson dead while still in the ambulance.

“This was an accident in the truest sense of the word,” said officer Jim Byron of the Illinois

Conservation Police.

“I understand he had an underlying medical condition.”