Byron Eugene Sackett

FatherJonathan Henry Sackett (1895-1979)
MotherJane Bell Powers (1896-1962)
Marriage1951, AltonGDarlene Taylor1
Byron Eugene Sackett
(Src: Obituary)
Byron Eugene Sackett, son of Jonathan Henry Sackett and Jane Bell Powers, was born in Meredosia, Morgan County, IllinoisG, on 2 January 1926.1 He died aged 94 on 6 April 2020 and was buried at Upper Alton Cemetery, Alton, Madison County, IllinoisG.1 He married at AltonG on 31 March 1951, Darlene Taylor.1
     In 1930 Byron was living at Main Street, Crescent City, Iroquois County, IllinoisG, in the household of his parents Jonathan and Jane, and was recorded in the census as Byron E Sackett, aged four and born in Illinois.2
     In 1940 he was living in Hadley, Pike County, IllinoisG, in the household of his parents Jonathan and Jane, and was recorded as Byron Sackett, aged 14.3
     Byron served in the US Army during the Second World War. He was a First Sergeant in the 15th Infantry and served from 1944 to 1946.1
     Byron completed a World War II draft registration card on 3 January 1944. He was aged 18 and was a student. He was living in Baylis, Pike County, IllinoisG, with his parents.4

Byron Eugene Sackett, 94, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020, at home with his family by his side. Byron was born on January 2, 1926 in Meredosia, Illinois. His parents, Jonathan and Jane (Powers) Sackett and siblings Josephine Pennock, Mary Carr and Glen Sackett preceded him in death.
     He served as a First Sergeant with the 15th Infantry from 1944-1946. Following his time in the Army, he enrolled at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale receiving a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Education. There he met Darlene Taylor. They were married on March 31, 1951 in Alton.
     His first job upon graduation was as a research chemist for Celotex Corporation in Chicago. Upon moving back to the Alton area, he taught Science at Central Junior High School for a few years. After receiving his Masters degree in Media and Educational Administration he began his dream job for Alton Public Schools as their audio visual/media specialist. He introduced the teachers to video recording and computers, retiring in 1991.
     He was an avid boater and water skier, teaching his wife, children and nieces to water ski on the Mississippi. Other interests included photography and videography. Those in his extended family believed he could fix anything, sometimes bringing him very challenging projects.
     He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Darlene Sackett, daughter, Debbie Sackett, son, Richard Sackett, grandsons, Jamie and Kieran Moylan, sisters-in-law, Betty Taylor, Eilene Taylor and Violet Sackett and numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
     In addition to his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death by two nephews Scott Rhodes and Ryan Aud.
     A private graveside service was held at Upper Alton Cemetery on April 9. Memorials may be made to Oasis Women’s Center.
     Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences and guest book can be found at

Alton Daily, 13 Apr 2020

 Notes & Citations

  1. Obituary.
  2. 1930 United States Federal Census, Roll: 520; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0018; Image: 132.0; FHL microfilm: 2340255
    Main Street, Crescent City, Iroquois County, Illinois, 2 Apr 1930
    Sackett, Jonathan H, head, home rented $6 pm, 34, m. at 26, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL, laborer, road construction
    Sackett, Jane B, wife, 33, m. at 25, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL
    Sackett, Daniel W, son, 7, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL
    Sackett, Josephine L, dau, 6, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL
    Sackett, Byron E, son, 4, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL
    Sackett, Glen A, son, 2, b. IL, father b. IL, mother b. IL.
  3. 1940 United States Federal Census, Roll m-t0627-00868, p 5B, ED 75-14
    Hadley, Pike County, Illinois, 15 Apr 1940
    Sackett, Jonathan, head, 44, laborer, farm, b. IL, home rented, $5
    Sackett, Jane, wife, 43, b. IL
    Sackett, Daniel, son, 18, b. IL
    Sackett, Josephine, daughter, 16, b. IL
    Sackett, Byron, son, 14, b. IL
    Sackett, Glen, son, 12, b. IL
    Sackett, Mary, daughter, 8, b. IL.
  4. "U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940–1947" (Ancestry image), "Serial W282, Byron Eugene Sackett, Baylis, Pike County, Illinois, age 18, b. Merodosia, IL, 2 Jan 1926, contact J H Sackett (father), Baylis, IL, emp student, race white, ht 5' 6", wt 130, eyes brown, hair brown, complexion dark. Reg Pittsfield, Pike County, IL, 3 Jan 1944."
Appears inSacketts in the Military
Sackett line9th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Last Edited24 Feb 2023

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