Richard Lewis Pearsall, 85, of Highland Acres Farm, Dallas, passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. His loving wife of 58 years was by his side.
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Born March 5, 1928, in Trumansburg, N.Y., Richard was the son of the late Adrian O. Pearsall and Gladys Mount Pearsall. He was raised by his beloved stepmother, Emma Booth Pearsall, from the age of 3.
Richard served in the United States Air Force in the Strategic Air Command from 1946-1949. He then attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., where he received a BA in business management in 1953 and in later years became a board of trustees member.
After graduating from Ithaca College, Richard joined his brother, the late Adrian Pearsall, in the furniture manufacturing business under the name of Craft Associates in Wilkes-Barre. Craft Associates went on to become one of Wilkes-Barre's top employers in the 1950s and 1960s, as it had become national in scope in just a few short years. Richard was involved in the manufacturing business of Pride Box Spring in Swoyersville from 1979 to 1982. After the sale of Pride Box Spring to Leggett and Platt in 1982, Richard served on its board for many years. And in 1986, Richard along with several others formed Venture Associates Corporation, a real estate development company in Ocala, Fla.
Richard will always be known for his endless generosity with his successes. He was a philanthropic leader in the community throughout his lifetime. For many he was an inspiration for hard work and giving back to others, always ready to lend a hand with a strong compassion for those with a need. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Mellon Bank Northeast, past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wyoming Seminary, Board of Trustees of Wilkes University, chairman of the Board of Trustees of United Way and Campaign Chairman of 1992, past chairman of the board for the Salvation Army of Wyoming Valley, Board of Trustees of Geisinger Penn State Northeastern Area, and Board of Govenors of the Westmoreland Club. However, through it all and most important to him, his true passion was to be a loving and nurturing husband and father.
Preceding Richard in death, in addition to his parents and stepmother, were his sister, Katherine Pearsall Berg; and his brother, Adrian Mount Pearsall.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marion Kresge; children, Yvonne Pearsall Eckman and her husband, Peter, Shavertown; Amy Pearsall, DVM, Allentown; Tamara Pearsall, Madison, N.J.; his six grandchildren, Richard Eckman, Laura Eckman Vorozilchak and her husband, David; Michael Eckman, Caterina Pearsall Profaci, Matthew Pearsall Profaci, John Pearsall Profaci; and sister-in-law, Dorie Kanarr Pearsall, Washington Crossing.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Drive, (Route 118), Dallas. The Rev. Charles Grube will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Air Force at the church. Private interment will be held in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday at Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown.
The family would like to acknowledge the special care that Richard received from his beloved caretakers David, Jacob and Pat.
Memorial donations in honor of Richard will be gratefully accepted by the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612, or to the
Snowdon Funeral Home
140 N Main St Shavertown, PA 18708
Published in Citizens' Voice from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2013