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Jackie Trail

Aug. 1, 1940-Oct. 18, 2013

October 22, 2013
Minot Daily News

CARPIO Jackie Sherman Trail, 73, Carpio, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Minot after a long battle with cancer.

Jackie was born Aug. 1, 1940, in Harrisburg, Ill., to Sherman and Helen (Stark) Trail. He attended schools in both Harrisburg and Rockford, Ill.

Jackie enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in April 1958. He did his basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, and 18 weeks of airframe repair schooling in Amarillo, Texas. His first assignment was Homestead AFB, Fla., from 1958 to 1960. Jackie was then transferred to Minot AFB. He left sunny Florida in 80+ degree weather only to arrive in Minot on a very cold, windy, North Dakota night, with temperatures in the minus 30 range. He tried to talk the train conductor to let him back on the train and take him back to Florida. No luck, of course. So he spent from 1960 to 1965 at Minot AFB and fell in love, much to his surprise, with all the hunting and fishing.

Jackie was then transferred from Minot AFB to Hickam AFB, Hawaii, until 1968. He came back to the states to be stationed at Travis AFB, Calif. In 1970, Jackie was sent to Phan Rang AFB in Vietnam where he spent one year. In 1971, he was assigned to Grand Forks AFB where he spent two years. He was then selected for special assignment to the USAF Orientation Group, Detachment 1, located at Norton AFB, Calif. The unit was moved to McCellan AFB, in Sacramento, Calif. He remained with the unit until December 1976 when he returned to Minot AFB. He remained at Minot AFB until his retirement in 1985, having reached the highest enlisted rank of chief master sergeant.

While in Minot on his first tour, he met and married Karen Helseth. They were married in February 1962 and celebrated 51 years of marriage in 2013. They were blessed with three sons, born at three different bases and states.

Jackie was a very avid sports nut. He bowled on many leagues throughout the years. He played pool every chance he got. He was a great fisherman, fishing in numerous tournaments in North Dakota. He also fished in a few tournaments in Canada. He fished the North Dakota Governor Cup every year from 1978 to 2013, missing only the year 2012 when he was dealing with the after-effects of chemo treatment. He shot on the rifle team for Minot AFB from 1960 to 1965.

Jackie is survived by: his wife, Karen, Carpio; three sons, Sherman, Michael (Angel) and Kenneth, all of Carpio; one granddaughter, Kimberly Trail, Ohio; three grandsons, Michael Trail Jr., Carpio, Kenny Trail Jr., Carpio, and Zachary Trail, with the U.S. Navy in Jacksonville, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jackson Trail; sisters, Cheri Schouweiler and Michelle (Peter) Gutzmann; stepsister, Renee (Bruce) Stewart; and stepbrother, Donald (Jolene) Pitt, all of St. Paul, Minn.; aunt, Doris Trail, Rockford, Ill.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jackie was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Calvin and Radia (Ripperdan) Trail, and Ellis and Helen Stark; sister, Shirley Thornton; and brothers, Richard and James Trail.

Funeral: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Carpio Lutheran Church, Carpio.

Burial: Nazareth Cemetery, rural Carpio.

Family Service: Today, Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., at the church.

Visitation: Today, Tuesday, 2 to 7 p.m., at the church.

(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)

 
 
 

 

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