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George Pearson

George Pearson

April 1, 1933-Oct. 18, 2013

George Fredrick Pearson, 80, of Detroit Lakes, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013 at Frazee Care Center, surrounded by his loving family.

George was born to John and Katherine (Gaab) Pearson on April 1, 1933 in Moorhead. He grew up in Moorhead and graduated from Moorhead High School in 1951.

George received a Bachelor of Science Degree, for education in industrial arts, math and science from Moorhead State Teacher's College in Moorhead.

He met the love of his life, Edna Mae Olson, while at college and they were married in Hawley on June 16, 1955.

George continued his education, to obtain a master's degree in education from Moorhead State Teacher's College. He received additional schooling from South Dakota State University in Vermillion, S.D.; School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, S.D.; and a geology study through Ohio State University at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

George was also a member of the Naval Reserve for eight years during his early college days.

George began his teaching career in Clearbrook, Minn., teaching industrial arts for three years. He then moved on to the Detroit Lakes Junior High School, where he taught math and science for 31 years. Along with his teaching, he was an extremely skilled wood craftsman and carpenter.

George was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes for 54 years. He was a council member, council president and enjoyed teaching Sunday school for several years.

In the community, he enjoyed coaching hockey at several levels for more than 10 years, was an active 4-H leader and he offered a helping hand to anyone in need. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, model airplane flying, woodworking, hockey and football, but most of all he looked forward to spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving George are his wife of 58 years, Edna Mae (Olson) Pearson of Detroit Lakes; son, Tim (Kathi) Pearson of Vadnais Heights, Minn.; daughter, Diana Pearson of Detroit Lakes; son, John Pearson and friend Julie, of Frazee; grandchildren, Kallie Pearson of St. Paul, Emma Pearson of Vadnais Heights, Alicia Kopec of Detroit Lakes and Ariana Kopec of Detroit Lakes; sister, Virginia (Noel) Sutherland of Eureka, Calif.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Helen Olson; sister-in-law, Marlene Munig of Virginia, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding George in death were his parents; grandparents; sisters, Lillian Bryant, Carol and Edna; brother, Ralph; brothers-in-law, Bill Bryant and George Munig; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thorval and Alice Olson; and daughter-in-law, Julie Pearson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25 in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with Pastor Dave Peterson officiating.

Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

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