Jackson Neal Baty

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 Jackson Neal Baty, 90, of Cedar Falls, Iowa passed peacefully on Jan. 12, while attempting to recover from a broken hip. 

He was born on June 18, 1925 to Eben and Emma (Jackson) Baty in Chicago, Ill.

He will be fondly remembered as a newspaperman, educator, and encourager of others. Jackson was a cowboy at heart with a passion for learning, living, and exploring. He was a generous person who gave willingly of his time and resources to help others. He smoked a pipe for many years and was known lovingly as the “Old Puffer.”

Jack was proud of his military service in the U.S. Army and served in both WWII and Korea. After the military he worked as a reporter for the Times Plain Dealer in Cresco, Iowa and later as owner/editor of the Mitchell County Press News in Osage, Iowa. He had a penchant for opinionated columns in his weekly “Puffs from the Editor's Pipe”

Jack had a love of learning and received his Bachelor's (Stanford), Masters (UNI), and Doctorate,(Drake) degrees. He taught in the Education Department at the University of Northern Iowa, where he also served as advisor to the student newspaper the Northern Iowan. He was a beloved teacher and mentor to many young people.

Jackson was a diehard Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan and an avid booster of the UNI Panthers. He enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge, pinochle,and ‘Up and Down the River,’ as well as croquet and golf. 

He had the good fortune of having a cabin on the Mississippi River for over 50 years. Numerous family and friends have gathered there throughout the years and enjoyed life with much libation and laughter. He shared his love of the river with many and was famous for his ‘Cocktail Boat Rides.’ 

Jackson was blessed with two loving wives. He married Jeanette Carlson on June 29, 1956. They enjoyed 50 years together until her passing in 2006. They were able to explore many parts of the world together. Their hospitality was legendary.

The flames of a college romance were reignited and he was wed to Mary Margaret Daegling on Feb. 27, 2008 until her death in 2014.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; his sister Mary; son Corliss; and daughter-in-law Susanne. 

He is survived by a brother David (Sue) Baty; daughter Jean (Sean) Young; grandchildren Emily (Nick) Weber, Erin (Sol) Miller, Timothy Young, and Katie Young; along with four great grandchildren and numerous friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the University of Northern Iowa Foundation, Jackson Baty Memorial Fund or in his honor to the National Mississippi River Museum. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date in the spring.

“Sail on, Captain Jack.”

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