Allen LeRoy Pearson, the son of Lloyd and Cora (Wilson) Pearson, was born on June 3, 1922, on a farm near Moneta, Iowa. Allen spent his youth helping at his parent's farm, and at the age of 17, graduated from Moneta High School. Allen enjoyed playing both basketball and baseball for the Moneta Bulldogs. After graduation, he moved to Omaha, Neb., where he attended trade school to become a welder. On October 3, 1942, Allen enlisted in the U.S Army Air Corps. After basic training in Texas, he joined the war effort with the 94th Bomber Group in Roughman, England. While serving in Roughman, Allen met the love of his life, Joyce Ellis. He was honorably discharged from the Army on Jan. 30, 1946. Later that year, Joyce moved to Iowa and they were married.
Allen first worked for Oscar Petersen as a hired hand and then later started farming on his own, with Oscar's blessing and support. Allen continued to farm until his health no longer allowed. He passed away Oct. 3, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley at the age of 88.
Farming was Allen's passion; his love was his wife, his children, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "Doing your best, in whatever you do," was his main objective in life, and he encouraged everyone else to do so. Allen also enjoyed visiting and joking with neighbors and friends. He was a member of Arthur W. Kirchhoff American Legion Post No. 288 for 60 years, a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau and a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. Although working was his main "hobby," Allen still liked to watch a good game, no matter who played.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce; his children and their families: Linda Heiter and her husband, Don, of Spencer, Janet Slauter and her husband, Jim, of Orlando, Fla., and Dennis Pearson and his wife, Lanette, of Hartley; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Vera Davis, of Ames; two sisters-in-law, Shy Pearson of Hartley and Marilyn Pearson of Spencer; close personal friends, Mort and Karen Rosenboom of Hartley; and numerous relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Curtis and Everett.
Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by Arthur W. Kirchhoff American Legion Post No. 288 of Hartley.