James M. Pearson obituary

James M. Pearson Obituary

Rochester, Minnesota, United States

November 01, 2016 - November 17, 2016

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James M. Pearson obituary

James M. Pearson Obituary

Nov 01, 2016 - Nov 17, 2016

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James M. Pearson, "JP," 81, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, due to complications after surgery at Del Webb Hospital in Sun City West, Ariz. Jim was born on Nov. 12, 1934, in Rochester, to parents Marion France and Paul Pearson. Jim was the youngest of five brothers who all served in the military during World War II and the Korean War. He graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., with a degree in health administration. After serving with the Army from 1957 to 1959, he obtained a master's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and relocated to Minneapolis. He held many position in the health administration field and dedicated himself to helping people with disabilities. He met the love of his life, Gladys Westberg, while working as assistant hospital administrator at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. They married on Christmas Day 1971. They enjoyed 45 years together, and loved to travel, square dance, golf and birdwatch. He was an avid reader of military history and loved to cook (and was really good at it).  After retiring from Maricopa County Medical Assistance Programs, he continued to serve others by volunteering for , and was very active in his church, Desert Palms Presbyterian. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and neighbor. Quiet, reserved and humble, he had a sharp intellect and a wicked sense of humor. He always put his family and others first before himself. He was preceded in death by brothers Robert and Charles. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Gladys, daughter, Laurie; furry daughter, Cricket IV; brothers, Donald, Dave (wife Lois); many nieces and nephews who share fond memories of their "Uncle Jim," as well as other relatives. There will be a service to celebrate his life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Sun City West. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at a later date. Memorials are suggest to Desert Palms Memorial Fund or the Arizona Humane Society.
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