Keith C. Pearson Print E-mail

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Independence, Iowa 50644

Independence – Keith C. Pearson, 81 years old, of Van Horne, Iowa, formerly of Independence, Iowa, died on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at Solera Hospital in Edinburg, Texas, of leukemia.  He was born on March 4, 1930, at home near Hedrick, Iowa, the son of Lora Vernal and Ona Edna (Carter) Pearson.  He was the youngest of eight children.  He attended most of his school years in Hedrick.  And then, he graduated from high school in Van Horne with the Class of 1949.  On August 10, 1950, he and the former Joyce Mae Kading were married in Agency, Iowa.  Mr. Pearson then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  From 1959 until 1968, Mr. and Mrs. Pearson owned and operated the Western Auto Store in Independence.  They also farmed near Independence, Monti, and Van Horne.  They were also self employed in many other ventures before retirement and wintering in Mission, Texas.  He was a member of the Jaycees in Independence, the V.F.W., and the American Legion.

Mr. Pearson is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joyce, 2 daughters, Connie Jo Haynes of Waterloo, Iowa, and Pamela (Rich) Sackett of Winthrop, 3 grandchildren, Justin (Kristen) Rogers of Waterloo, Iowa, Kelby (Ashley) Haynes of Waterloo, Iowa, and Dawn (Ryan) Kress of Independence, 1 great granddaughter, Kading Kress, and 1 sister, Evelyn VanDeusen of Vinton, Iowa, along with several wonderful nieces and nephews.   

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 grandson, Nicholas Sperfslage, 3 brothers, Cecil Pearson, Bud Pearson, and Joe Pearson, and 3 sisters, Lola Bitner, Mitzi Mulgrave, and Fern Doud.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012, at the White Funeral Home in Independence with Harry Cummins and Dawn Kress officiating.  Casket Bearers will be Steve VanDeusen, Troy VanDeusen, George Pearson, Ora Jay Pearson, Jim Fottral, Ryan Fottral, Justin Rogers, and Kelby Haynes.  Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.  Friends may call for visitation from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th, at the funeral home.



JEAN BEATTY 03-05-2012
Pamm and family,sorry about the loss of your dad. Jean
Darrell & Teresa Horn 03-04-2012
Pam, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Carolyn and Gary Bird 03-04-2012
Joyce, Connie, Pam, and families
Gary and I were so sorry to hear about Keith's passing. We had some fun times when we worked at Wickes Lumber! We enjoyed Keith and Joyce as co-worker (Keith) friends, and just plain friends. Though we haven't kept in contact, we have thought of you often.
Gary and Corky Bird
Cathy and Terry Woods 03-03-2012
Dear Joyce, Pam, Connie and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept our condolences.
Keith always enjoyed my farm chore stories. Attempting to carry those darn heavy buckets of water were more than I could handle and as a result, would spill most before getting to the thirsty animals. Keith would laugh every time Pam and I would talk about it! Keith was a warm, caring person with a huge heart and a bigger smile to match!
Ken & Sue Clayton 03-03-2012
Remembering how happy Keith was at Rich and Pam's wedding. His joy lit up the whole room at the reception, and his toast to the couple was so touching.
We're sure your memories are endless.
Our sympathy and prayers for Joyce, Connie, Pam and all of the family. May God Bless.
The Clayton, Wilson, and Sackett families.
LaVonne Cusher 03-02-2012
Joyce, Connie JJo, Pam, and families-so sad to see your Dears passing. He had one of the greatest smiles a person could have and so welcoming.My thouhts are with you.
Your old neighbor and still friend
Linda McCalley Armstead 03-02-2012
Joyce, Connie, Pam and family
So sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Cherish the memories you have had with him, I know I will.
Bert and Linda McCalley Armstead
Ron and Margo Marth 03-02-2012
Our sympathy is with you Joyce and family. We loved going to the jams with you and Keith. Sure will miss his wonderful voice and caring spirit.
Bob & Gloria Hummel 03-02-2012
Joyce, Pam, and Connie,
We are truly sorry for the loss of Keith. He was a true friend with a big heart and compassion for everyone. His memoriea will be with us until we meet again in God's great kingdom May his memories and love sooth you thru this time of sorrow
Love Bob & Gloria
Bob and Diana Stewart 03-02-2012
What a great neighbor Keith and Joyce have been to us, here at J-5. He will be greatly missed by us. Joyce and family may you know that you are in our prayers and our thoughts, for peace and comfort at this time.
Diana and Bob
Annette Kress and Jeff Cusick 03-02-2012
We wish to express our sincere condolences to you. We have enjoyed the times with Keith since Dawn came into our lives. Keep all the precious memories close to heart and that in time will make it bearable.
Love to all of you
Annette and Jeff
Mary Moore 03-02-2012
Dear Joyce, Pam, Connie, Justin and Kristen,
Joni and I enjoyed visiting with Keith at the farm this past spring. It was so obvious that he cared for his family very much...He will be missed.
You all are in our thoughts and prayers,
Mary and Joni Moore
Dave and Judy Schnittjer 03-01-2012
Keith was such a friendly J-5er and we enjoyed the smiles and greetings from each of you. His tenor voice was amazing! Our sympathy to you, Joyce, and your family. Hang on to all those good memories...God is with you!
Anthony Neihouse 03-01-2012
Mrs Pearson: I'm sorry to hear about Keiths passing, the both of you were always friendly to me.
Conley& Joan Smith 03-01-2012
Dear Joyce and Family: So sorry we lost Keith! And I do mean WE! J-5 is such a family oriented group. We all mourn when we lose a friend. Keith was a good neighbor and he had a wonderful singing voice. Enjoyed his singing many times. God Bless you and your family. Conley and Joan Smith
Bob & Bev Davis 03-01-2012
Joyce and family,
Life seems to be a book and all must
fill our pages with good things. You and Keith have certainly filled his book to the fullest. He will be missed by all but remembering what is on those pages will be comfort. Our sympathy to all. Enjoy the memories.
Kristin Holst 03-01-2012
Aunt Joyce, Connie and Pam and your families: Thinking of you during this difficult time. Uncle Keith was a family favorite of ours. His smile lit up his face and the faces of those around him. I loved hearing him talk about his music and believe he's now jammin' with the angels. Love and prayers to you all.
Laurie & Marty Lidgren 03-01-2012
Our condolences to you and your family on Keiths passing. Since meeting the two of you 5 years ago have enjoyed many good times and especially enjoyed Keiths lovely voice at many jams. He will definitely be missed. Laurie & Marty Lidgren
Bob & Diann Shaner 03-01-2012
Joyce & so sorry.....we (as everyone elso) will miss Keith so much...we feel blessed to have known and been able to share with you both these past few years here @ J5. You're both very special and we'veloved "doing" with you..take care and may God bless you now and in the future..He gives great comfort. B&D
Don, Lisa Dudley & Family 02-29-2012
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Ya'll are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tom and Donna Tuttle 02-29-2012
What a loss for all of you and anyone that knew him. He was such a special person and so much fun to have around. We remember him and Joyce so fondly when he was our neighbor in Mission and all of the fun times and all of the teasing. And his voice was so great.
Many, many fond memories of both of them.
PAM CONKLIN 02-29-2012
Pam,Joyce and Connie:

My heart goes out to all of you-cherish all the memories and keep friends and family near to your heart
Pat Sprague 02-28-2012
Joyce Connie and Pam So sorry to hear about your loss. We are here for you if you need anything and we will be at the funeral. We go back along way as neighbors and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Denny and Pat
Diana Smith Kurtz 02-28-2012
We were so sorry to hear of Keith's passing. May your faith, family and friends guide you during this difficult time. We are here if you need us.

John and Diane
Cindy Jackson 02-28-2012
Joyce, Connie, Pam, family,

We are sorry for your loss and know this is a busy and difficult time for you. Please accept our condolences.
Jean and some of us hope to make it either Sunday night or Monday to the funeral.
Tom and Cindy (McCreery) Jackson

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