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Pearson, Richard L.  
Richard L. Pearson Born: February 6, 1929; in Elgin, IL Died: May 8, 2016; in Sycamore, IL Richard "Dick" L. Pearson peacefully passed away due to complications relating from colon cancer, on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at his Sycamore, IL home and surrounded by family. He was 87 years young. Dick was born on February 6, 1929, to Spainer and Inez Pearson in Elgin, IL. After graduating from Maple Park High School in 1947, he attended Monmouth College for one year and, in 1949, earned a junior accounting degree from Ellis Business College. On November 29, 1949, Dick married Martha Self to whom he was married until her death in 2000. After making their initial home in St. Charles, IL where he worked for Hotel Baker, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving as a yeoman for four years. While he was stationed in Norfolk, VA both Roger and Sally were born. After leaving the Navy, Dick attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Upon his 1956 graduation, he accepted a job at Coultrip Funeral Home and moved his family to Sycamore where his youngest son Ric was born and the children attended school. Desiring to work more regular hours, Dick returned to his business background and began a 35-year career at Leader Oil, retiring only when the business closed. Not ready to be fully retired, he earned his real estate license and worked for Century 21 for the next 10 years. Dick's retirement years were filled with fishing, playing golf, attending ball games, and traveling. In 2003, he married Barbara Haag and, once again, had a companion with whom to share these activities. In addition to being a member of the Sycamore United Methodist Church, he was a lifetime member of the Maple Park American Legion and a Mason. Throughout his entire 87 years, Dick was known for his quick wit, sharp mind, love of sports, and commitment to family. In addition to having a mathematical mind, he could remember stories with amazing detail, especially if they had anything to do with athletics. He fiercely and loyally supported his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in their many activities. A man of integrity, Dick was patient, wise, and honest. He will be missed by all who knew him. Preceeding Dick in death were his parents, his first wife, Martha; and infant granddaughter, Jordan Pearson. He is survived by his current wife, Barbara; children, Roger (Sally) Pearson of Chandler, AZ; Sally (Gary) Blake of Belvidere, IL; Ric (Michelle) Pearson of Oregon, WI; grandchildren, Mindy (Jon) Solem, Marcy (Brad) Stark, Spencer, Luke, Bekken, and Gabe Pearson; and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving Dick are his four sisters, Inez (Robert) Kenneway of Sycamore, Joan Haug of Maple Park, Janet Lenschow of Sycamore, and Joyce (Roland) Crobbe of Maple Park. In addition, he is missed by countless nieces and nephews, devoted friends, and Barb's sons, Keith (Beth) Haag and Mark Haag, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Dick will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Avenue, Sycamore, IL. There will be a visitation from 9:00 to 10:15 AM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sycamore United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Quiram Sycamore Chapel. Information: 815-895-6589 or www.olsonfh.com
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on May 10, 2016
Peterson, Ronald O.  
Ronald O. Peterson Born: July 22, 1930; in Chicago, IL Died: May 21, 2016; in New Albany, IN Ronald O. Peterson, age 85, formally of Maple Park went to be with his Lord on May 21, 2016, at the Providence Nursing Facility in New Albany, IN. He was born on Tuesday, July 22, 1930, in Chicago the son of Oscar Andrew and Eva Augusta Peterson. Although Ronald lived in many different places he always considered the town where he grew up, Maple Park, his home. He attended local schools and graduated from Maple Park High School in 1948. After graduation he learned on the job from his father how to run a business.He married the love of his life who happened to be his high school sweetheart, Helen Imogene Merriman, on March 3, 1949. Ronald was a business owner and grocer at Peterson's Grocery Store from the time he graduated high school until 1973. This is when he felt a calling to switch careers and become a salesman for Decatur Custom Tool until his retirement in 1995. He was a long time member of his home church, Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park. Ronald loved people and could talk to anybody, which is why he was a great businessman/salesman. He enjoyed fishing all his life and went on many fishing trips with friends, during which it seemed he was always the treasurer and cook. Ronald didn't even like fish, but he enjoyed the company. He and his bride also enjoyed many trips with their dear friends Joe and Marge Turk. He leaves behind one daughter, Lori (John) Riggs; two grandchildren, Ben Riggs and Amanda (Eddie) Carlisle; and one great grandson, Levi Carlisle. Ronald now joins his parents, Oscar and Eva; wife, Helen Imogene (Perudy); and his son, Michael. A visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce Street in Elburn. The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St, Maple Park, IL 60151. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. A memorial has been established in Ronald Peterson's name to benefit: Checks may be made to the "Grace United Methodist Church" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on our Facebook page or the web at www.conleycare.com .
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on May 25, 2016
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