WILLARD 'BILL' PEARSON, 97 ROCKFORD - Willard "Bill" Pearson, 97 of Rockford died at 7:35 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, in OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Born Jan. 28, 1913, in Rockford, the son of Oscar and Ida Pearson. United in marriage to Myrle Burick; she died in 1982. He was a lifelong Rockford resident, and worked as a machine tool operator at Sundstrand for 33 years before retiring. Member of Zion Lutheran Church and longtime member of the Svithoid Club. Survived by son, Todd (Cindy) Pearson of Rockford; grandchildren, Christopher Pearson of Rockford and Lindsay Pearson of South Bend, Ind.; sister, Linnea Seidel of Rockford; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents and brother, Herbert Pearson. Graveside service at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in Scandinavian Cemetery, 1700 Rural St., Rockford, with Pastor Carol Harrington officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, 111 N. First St., Rockford 61107-3947, in Bill's name. Grace Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2010