CHESTER W. PEARSON
Chester W. Pearson, age 92, of Faribault died on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, Faribault, with the Reverend David Beckstrom officiating. Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault, with military rites provided by Rice County Central Veterans Association.
Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the services on Monday, April 15, 2013.
Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.
Chester Werges Pearson, the son of Chester and Alma Pearson, was born on January 17, 1921 in Gaylord. He graduated from Gaylord High School in 1938. He attended college until the start of W.W. II when he enlisted in the U. S. Army. He was in the glider troops of the 17th Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge and two other engagements. When the European hostilities were over, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne in the Berlin Army of Occupation.
In 1946 Chester returned home on the Queen Mary. He married LaDonna Langhoff on April 14, 1946 and he also graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Chester moved to Faribault in 1959 and was the Director of Rice County Social Services for 27 years, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed a 39-year career as a Social Service and Public Welfare Manager. Chet was a past president of the Minnesota Association of Social Service Administrators. He was a past president of the Faribault Rifle Club and was active in the shooting sports. Chet loved tennis and was a long time member of the Faribault Tennis Team of Southern Minnesota League.
He is survived by two children, Pam (and Bob) Vouga of Huntington Beach, CA and Mark (and Becky) Pearson of Deer River; six grandchildren, Angela (and Bryan), Becky (and Matt), Kathryn, Jim, Kyle and Jeffrey; four great grandsons, Brennan, Pearson, Callen and Drake; two sisters, Marvel Nienow of Mesa, AZ and Blanche Glass of Minneapolis; one sister in law, LaVetta Pearson of Edina; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, LaDonna; one son, James; and one brother, Dean Pearson.
Name: Mark Petersen
Date: Tuesday April 16, 2013
Mark and Family, I was sorry to hear of Chet's passing recently. I have fond memories of my first times duck hunting with Chet, your brother and you, Mark. My deepest condolences and best wishes for you and your family. Mark Petersen
Name: Rachael (Ahlman) Howe
Date: Monday April 15, 2013
My condolences to your family. I have very fond memories of Chet working at the gunshop and will certainly miss him. I loved hearing about his trip on the Queen Mary when he was in the military, stories of his family and his sweet tooth--he faithfully brought donuts to work every Thursday. He was a kind man and will be very missed. May you rest in peace, Chet.
Name: Barb Bonde
Date: Monday April 15, 2013
My sympathy to the Pearson Family. I worked at Social Services for many years while Mr. Pearson was Director there. Thought of him often after I obtain other employment. Very nice man and an asset to Rice County Social Services. He will be missed by many!
Name: Mike ahlman
Email: 200 east sidney. Morristown
Date: Sunday April 14, 2013
I have so many good memories of Chet from his many years working at Ahlmans gun shop, but the best ones are all of the talks we had about his family. It was very obvious he cared so much about everyone in his family as he talked constantly about good times with them. I can only hope to be half as good a father and grandpa as he seemed to be to his family. God bless you Chet... You really lived a full life!