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Sam R. Pearson

Sam passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020 at his home in Dorr.

He was born October 28, 1960 in Kalamazoo the son of William and Reba (Root) Pearson. Sam graduated from Otsego High School in 1978 and went on to earn a degree in biology from Michigan Tech. He was employed at Evans Tempcon in Grand Rapids for 19 years. In his spare time Sam enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid football fan of U of M and the Detroit Lions.

On February 13, 2009 he married Mary Kelley who survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Erica (Mike) DeGraaf and Tara Pearson; step-children, Kelsey (Ryne) Clark and Glenn Knauss; grandchildren, Breslyn, Korinne, Caleb and Zoe; his father, William and brother, David (Judy) Pearson.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Reba in 2019.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Alamo Center Cemetery with Pastor Matt Bistayi officiating.

Contributions in memory of Sam may be made to the

Allegan County Humane Society.

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Kim Pattee

November 17, 2020 at 9:50 am

My condolences to his family. Sam was a great co-worker and friend. My best wishes to his family as they grieve this tremendous loss.


Brenda Kelley Barrick

November 17, 2020 at 10:59 am

Sam was my brother n law, he was awesome kind and witty and fun to be around. He gave so much to so many and we will all miss him. He was a Wonderful Husband to my sister and so grateful and thankful for that. We will miss you Sam. His family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love you


Sheila Kelley Cheek

November 17, 2020 at 12:36 pm

Mary and family, I am so sorry. May God give you peace and comfort. Prayers for all.


Joe and Cheryl Bistayu

November 17, 2020 at 4:42 pm

No words suffice but Joe and I are remembering Sam and holding all of you who loved him so deeply gently in our hearts…


Bryon Campbell

November 17, 2020 at 8:36 pm

Sorry to see one of my classmates pass. I pray for Sam’s family during this difficult time. He was a super nice guy in high school and well liked.


Linda, Matt & Meg Baldridge

November 18, 2020 at 10:04 am

A wonderful man and a beautiful family, our hearts ache for all of you. Holding you up with love and prayers.


Joy Dahlquist

November 18, 2020 at 1:15 pm

I am so truly sorry for everyone’s loss due to Sam’s passing.

He was such a down to earth great man.

He loved his home, his pets and most of all, my dear friend Mary.

They made a super couple and I am blessed to have witnessed their marriage. It was intimate, heartfelt, and beautiful. He will be missed so very much by us all.

Our Love and prayers are being lifted for the family.

Most Fondly,

The Dahlquist’s


Steve and Michelle Jackson

November 19, 2020 at 10:27 am

We were so sorry to hear about Sam’s passing. He was truly a great guy. I still remember how your face lit up the room when he made you laugh. We hold our dear memories ofhim in our hearts and we hold you now in our prayers.

May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time.


Randy Brewer

November 19, 2020 at 12:50 pm

My heart goes out to the entire family for loss of your loved one Sam.

I am lifting my prayers to the Lord for all of you, that he would comfort and sustain you during this difficult time.

Sam and worked together years ago at Center Manufacturing( Now MEC). I enjoyed working with Sam. He was very knowledgeable in many areas. He was a kind hearted man to all.

Again, my heart goes out to you all.

Randy Brewer



November 19, 2020 at 1:31 pm

I was saddened to hear of his passing. I knew Sam for many years as a cyberfriend on various Lions message boards. It sure would have been great to hang out with him in real life. He always spoke glowingly about his wife and family and was such a proud Grandpa. He was such a great guy and will be missed. I am sorry for your loss and my deepest sympathies go out to all of you.


agnes mekkes

November 19, 2020 at 3:48 pm

Mary and family so sorry to hear about Sam. I work 19 years with him at Evans. He was very dear friend of mine. I will miss him dearly. He was a good man. He also talk so highly of his family. My prayers are with you.


Hal Noroozi

November 19, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Mary and all of Sam’s children and grand children for their loss. We worked at Evans Tempcon together for many years and I personally learned a lot from Sam, and valued his friendship through the years. He will be sourly missed.

Wishing you strength and sharing in your sorrow.


Valerie Helmer Cleveland

November 20, 2020 at 4:02 pm

My deepest sympathies to you and your families


Chris DePoy

November 20, 2020 at 7:59 pm

Mary and family words can not express the sorrow I have upon learning of Sam’s passing. I also worked with Sam at Evans where he was absolutely treasured. I’ll never forgot our texts on football and music. Sam absolutely loved his guitar greats. My deepest sympathies go to all of you.


Betsy Rogers

November 20, 2020 at 8:50 pm

My heart breaks for you girls. He was so proud of you 4. He loved his wife deeply. I am so very sorry for your loss. I’m without words to express this loss.


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