Of Jackson, MI peacefully passed away at home with his loving family by his side on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the age of 85. He was the son of James J and Irene Florence (Bauer) Watson, born December 2, 1933 in Jackson, MI. R.J is survived by his wife, Minnie; his beautiful daughters, Pam Gier, Becky Humphrey, Mindy DeBoe, Tina Dane, Lorrie (Lonnie) Smith, and Dawn (Mel) Rayburn; step-daughters, Darice (Bill) Tevebaugh and Donna (Bob) Condra; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 7 step-grandchildren; sister, Phillis Hazeres; three brothers, RD (Kathy) Watson, JD (Shirlie) Watson, and Jerry Watson Sr. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Theresa Ann Watson; son, Russell John Watson; his parents; and sister, Elaine Taylor. R.J. was a graduate of St. Mary High School Class of 1952 and attended MSU. He started his working career as a farm hand, then became a lineman at Clark Equipment, a Foreman at Fleming Co., a Mechanic at Jackson Transit, and a custodian at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. He also performed many side jobs over the years with many friends and family. R.J. was a “Jack of All Trades and a Master of None”. A celebration of his life will be held at Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 10:30 am; Father Tim Nelson officiating. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family. \
The family will receive friends at Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm.
To The Family