Services for Mr. Donald Pearson, 83, of Everly, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2011, at United Methodist Church in Everly. Rev. Dr. Jo Frahm Watkins and Rev. Emmanuel Das will officiate the service.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Everly.
Mr. Pearson passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Spencer Hospital.
Donald Edward Pearson, the son of Earnest and Martina Petersen Pearson, was born March 8, 1927, at home near Meriden, Ia. He received his early education in Larrabee. Don entered the U.S. Army on September 8, 1950 and served during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge on Aug. 29, 1952.
Don married Marleen Lorraine Gries on Feb. 20, 1955, in Larrabee, Ia. Following their marriage, Don farmed and raised cattle and hogs near Fostoria, Cherokee and Everly, Ia. He belonged to the American Legion and was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Everly where he served on the Church Board. In later years, Don enjoyed working side by side with Marleen catering and he always said he was a good potato peeler. Don enjoyed any auctions, playing cards and dancing. Most of all, Don was a very loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Art, Roy, Lester and Edgar; and three sisters: Evelyn Mummert, Erma Mugge and Alice Hansen.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marleen of Everly; two daughters and their husbands: Teresa and Rod Steuben of Everly, Ia. and Brenda Pearson and Tom Layman of Iowa City, Ia.; one son, Todd and Rachel Collins of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Marvin Pearson of Primghar, Ia.; and one sister-in-law, Emma Pearson of Everly, Ia.; other relatives and friends.
Warner Funeral Home of Everly is in charge of arrangements.