George Pearson

George Pearson

George A. Pearson of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013, at his home. Mr. Pearson was born December 4, 1919, in Plainwell to Arnold and Anna (Dewispelaere) Pearson and was a lifelong resident of the area.

In 1937 he graduated from Plainwell High School. For many years George and his brothers owned and operated Pearson and Sons Marathon in Plainwell. In his leisure time he enjoyed gardening, fishing, bowling and was an avid Plainwell football fan.

On July 9, 1949, in Otsego he married Hazel Keene, who passed away in February. Also preceding him in death were a daughter-in-law, Kelene Pearson; four brothers, Jack, Joe, Jim and Arnie Pearson; and a sister, Shirley Hileski.

Surviving are seven children, Michael (Patricia) Pearson of Otsego, James (Janet) Pearson, Kathleen Loughead, George Pearson, Jr. and David (Jenann) Pearson, all of Plainwell, Lisa (Paul) Pearson of Kalamazoo and Mark Pearson of Plainwell; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with George’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, August 29, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where the Rosary will be recited at 8:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 30, 2013, at St. Margaret Church, Otsego, Rev. Fr. Brian Stanley and Rev. Fr. Don Klingler Celebrants. Burial will follow at St. Margaret Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of George may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o St. Margaret Church, 766 S. Farmer St., Otsego, MI 49078, or Southern Care, Inc., 4341 S. Westnedge Ave., #2100, Kalamazoo, MI  49008..

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  1. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with all of you. May your fond memories bring you peace in the days and years ahead. Take care.

  2. Ken Miller & Wendy Rankin Miller says:

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Kathy hang in there we love you. Your friends, Ken and Wendy

  3. Mary Ellen Riggs says:


    Sorry to hear about your Father my Prayers are with you.
    Mary Ellen Riggs RT

  4. Gary L. (Lambo) Lamorandier says:

    Deepest sympathy to the whole family. I was lucky like countless kids to have Hazel and George open their house and Pine Lake cottage to us, taking pop to our 5th grade basket ball team, and I can’t forget bring my bike to the station to put air in my tires or patch them. Plainwell just lost some history but those who he touched will always have it. Mike,Jim,Kathy,George,Dave,Lisa,Mark and your family my thoughts and prayers are with you all.


    • Keith Kosier says:

      Lamb, just saw this, not from there and only had privilege of living there last 2 years of HSBC but George jr, you, Richie were some fun guys. George used to fill up at Marathon in middle of night. Just to funny. Miss all u all

  5. Sara Dalrymple says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Pearson family at this difficult time. Grandpa George was a wonderful man.

  6. Kathy Arehart Luster says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Pearson family. So sorry for your loss. He has a great welcoming party of Plainwell Trojan fans, including my Dad.

  7. Thomas Pearson II says:

    Always a great time listening to Uncle George and Grandpa Joe b.s. about life. Well, when any of us get together really. RIP Uncle George.

  8. Jeff and Janey Richards says:

    Kathy, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. May our Lord and Savior give you and your whole family strength and peace to get through this whole process.
    Always remember the good times with your Dad. and that God Loves You!

    Jeff and Janey

  9. Ann (Hileski) Wester says:

    Love you all. I consider the whole bunch of you just 7 more brothers and sisters. Like most of the people in town thought we were anyhow. Uncle George I love you, I imagine their is quite a happy reunion going on in the presence of our Lord.
    Peace and Love cousins.

  10. Terese LePert says:

    Dear Pearson Family,
    Your love, care and time were priceless gifts given by you to your father and grand-father. He is blessed to have you as family. May your hearts heal fast knowing that he was truly a man of faith and has been welcomed with open arms by his Lord and Savior.
    Love you Kathy

  11. Becky Knapp says:

    Kathy and family. I am so sorry to here of your fathers passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Becky

  12. Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal says:

    Mike and Patty— so very sorry to read a out Mike’ s fathers passing. May God’s grace be with both of you and all your family through this difficult time. My mother in law– Betty Vanarsdal ( she is gone now) loved the Pearson Boys. I have herd her speak of them often.

  13. Lori and Terry Steele says:

    Terry and I are thinking about all of you and sending prays. Plainwell has lost one of it’s icons. I remember always going down to the station to get the car fixed, a long with gas. As I got older I remember George could not remember my name so he would call me Little Kick after my dad.

  14. Karen Koehn says:

    I will miss seeing you and Dad on Sunday mornings. Your Dad and his brothers made me feel so @ home in Plainwell when I moved here since I worked across the street from the station. May God take you and the family under his wing, guide you and give you strength. My prayers to you all.

  15. Deb, and Kevin Charron says:

    hugs to you and the kids. next appointment I have with Dr. Mamood, I’ll deliver them personally
    I’m so very sorry Kathy. My thoughts, and prayers to you, the kids, and all of your family.

  16. Bob Currie and Family says:

    sorry to hear about George. we will miss him. are prayers and condolences are with his family.

  17. David Boulter says:

    Not much more that I can say than I’m sorry for the loss of your dad. My thoughts are with you, Patty and your family.

  18. Bob & Roberta Miles says:

    Mike , Pat and family. George was one of my favorite Plainwell fans. If it wasn’t George and his buddy giving it to me when I was coaching JV Basketball – or talking sports over a drink at the Elks – etc. it was always a joy talking to George Pearson. Our thoughts are with you – he will be missed by all that knew him.
    Bob Miles

  19. Marilyn Page says:

    Me and my family will surely miss George, his kids and mine grew up together. a lot of good times and we live just down the street. My family and I have a lot of good memories of the Pearson family, will never forget them. May God bless the family and now George is with Hazel and all his brothers and sister. My prayers and thoughts will be with you all during this difficult time. Marilyn Page

  20. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Kathy and Family,

    Prayers and Blessings to you! Your father (and your mother) were so very lucky to have you especially since you always brought them to church; I could see the love between all of you by your actions and attentive ways with them. Now they are in Heaven together and are Angels watching over you! God Bless you!

  21. alison harris says:

    When I living in plainwell i always go over to vistor uncle George and aunt Hazel .They gave me money to my bowl-a thron funraising.
    They were the nice people i knew .They were let me swim at the cottage at pine lake and take me on the pontoon .George will be miss
    all sister Shirley Hileski and brothers Joe pearson Jim Pearson
    Arnold,Bill ,Hazel They all having a Big Party up there in Heaven
    We Love you Uncle George
    From your Niece and Nephew
    Alison & Ray Harris

  22. Sheila (Hileski) Weyrick says:

    I have this picture in my mind what is taking place in Heaven. Here is the poem I read at my Dad’s funeral just 2 months ago and this is how I have begun to picture every Passing from this life to Eternal Life.

    Homecoming Party by Jean Formo

    Death is God carrying Dad in one arm,
    while the other flings aside Heaven’s door
    to welcome him back to the blazing hearth of his first home.

    While those inside, having arrived before him
    Rush to the door like glad Children .. Shouting
    He’s Here!!! George is Here!!

    Death has a bad name on Earth, But in Heaven,
    It’s a homecoming Party every time the door opens.

    God does not forget us earthbound children , sad and left behind.
    God leaves the party early to enter into our despair
    And gets us ready for our own parties someday.

    I can just imagine Grandma and Grandpa Pearson’s shining faces along with all Uncle George’s brothers and Sister, running to him and pulling him into the greatest hug there is.
    He is strong and walking and healthy and Happy.

    Love to you all.

    P.S Dax wanted me to let you know he did not steal a bottle of beer from Uncle George’s refrigerator when his Grandpa Hileski asked him to!!!

  23. Jim and Pat DeDoes says:

    Our condolences to all of George’s family and friends. I really do object to all the Pearson “boys”, and Shirley of course, being in heaven.
    Being earthbound does have it’s drawbacks…Heaven rejoices !!!
    “What A Day That Will Be” Hazel must be so glad to have him home.

  24. Ron & Mari MacDonald says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to your family at this time of your loss.

  25. Michael Chase says:

    To the Pearson family,
    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your of your father. Mr. Pearson was a kind gentleman who was always caring. My family would always take our cars to the gas station and he would always take care of our cars. Always would like to know how our family was doing.

  26. Joe and Kelly Sherwood says:

    So very sorry for your loss…….our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  27. Keith Kosier says:

    Mr. George was totally cool, cant believe he put up with my crazy stuff all the time. Just saw this sight completely by chance and he was one of the great people I had the chance to meet in my life, luv that family. Will do a prayer at Mass for sure. Rock on Mr. George

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