Pearson, Samuel Jean (1916-2009)

Samuel Jean Pearson was born August 6, 1916, at the Pearson farmstead in Thief Lake Township, Marshall County, Minnesota, the fifth child of John and Stena (Endrud) Pearson. He attended school at “Old Ironsides” the log school building he eventually moved to the family farm.

June 19, 1943, Sam married Inga Myren at Our Savior’s Church in rural Grygla, Minnesota. They lived on and farmed the farm that his Dad acquired in 1900. Their son, Gary, and wife, Arlette, operate the 109 year old family farm today. Sam worked for the DNR at Thief Lake for 27 years, retiring at age 70, in 1986, He enjoyed hunting deer and reminiscing about his many successful hunts. He purchased his final deer hunting license at Young’s Store in 2007.

He was a long time member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Thief Lake. The annual lutefisk supper was a favorite event that he enjoyed even this past October 31. In 1996, Sam and Inga moved to their home in Middle River where they lived until moving to The Meadows Assisted Living Facility in Karlstad, Minnesota, in September, 2005. Inga passed away June 10, 2009. Sam moved to the Karlstad Healthcare Center in September, 2009, where he passed away on Tuesday afternoon, December 8, 2009, at the age of 93 years, 4 months and 2 days.

Sam is survived by one daughter: Marion (Lynn) Dauner, of Bloomington, MN.; one son: Gary (Arlette), of Middle River; three grandchildren: Teresa (Todd) Nordquist, of Eden Prairie, MN.; JoAnna (David) Meyers, of Chaska, MN.; and Travis (Crystal) Pearson, of Mountain Iron, MN. three great-grandchildren: Justine Meyers, Gabrielle and Corbin Pearson; one sister: Bertha Folden (age 103), of Hopkins, MN.; two sisters-in-law: Hazel (Richard) Edlund, of Plymouth, MN. and Thea (Andrew) Nielson, in California; one brother-in-law: Torjus (Marian) Myren, in California; as well as several nieces, nephews and other relatives and special family friend, Pat Collins.

He was preceded in death by Inga, his parents, his brother John O., and sisters: Pearl Pearson and Olga (Lloyd) Pierson and life-long friend, Peter Aune.

[Interred Our Saviors Lutheran cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky