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Lee R. "Roy" Pearson

90, passed away Tuesday, February 11, at his home. He was born in Indianapolis, IN on August 26, 1923, the son of Jesse Harlan Pearson and Bertha Duckworth Pearson. His mother died when Roy was three years old. When he was seven years old, his father married Lorinda Harrell Pearson whom Roy referred to as "my other mother". Roy was a 1941 graduate of Ben Davis High School where he excelled in basketball and track, winning the state track meet in the 440 yard dash in 1940 and 1941. He entered Purdue University in the fall of 1941 and played freshman basketball for coach "Piggy" Lambert. He also set a track record in the 440 yard dash at Purdue which held for many years. His education at Purdue was interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. He received his commission at Yale University as a Lieutenant and joined the 411th Air Service Squadron. He was sent to India where he supervised the assembly of P 51 airplanes used in combat. Upon his return home, he married Martha Metcalf Pearson and returned to Purdue University where he earned his Mechanical Engineering degree in 1950. Returning to Indianapolis, Roy became a production engineer at Bryant Heating Company which became a division of United Technology Corporation. He remained at UTC for 37 years. Roy was a member of SS Francis and Clare Catholic Church.

Roy is survived by his wife of 66 years Martha, daughter Ann Marie Emery (Dave), son Ted Brooks Pearson (Diane), grandchildren Melissa Ade (Jarrad), Erin Hurst (Nathan), Kristen Miller (Evan), Emily Matteson (Justin), Nicholas Pearson (Kathleen), and Christopher Pearson; great grandchildren Ethan Ade, Eli Ade, Jacob Miller, and Dominic Matteson; nephews Joe Pearson and Paul Toler; cousin Thomas Smith (Mary); special friends Betty and Larry Faulk and Stan Brown. He also is survived by a loving extended family, the Donald Block family. He was predeceased by his father, mother, other mother, brothers Sherald, Jesse Jr, sister Marie Bowers (Bill) and niece Jeanne Toler.

Roy's family would like to express special appreciation to Linda Harrell, M.D., IU Hospice and Susie Bruner for their excellent care.

Visitation will be on Thursday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Greenwood Chapel , 481 West Main Street with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be on Friday at 10 a.m. in Saints Francis and Clare Roman Catholic Church, 5901 Olive Branch Road, Greenwood, IN 46143. Father Vincent Lampert will officiate. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to I.U. Hospice, 1828 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis IN 46202 or to Saints Francis and Clare Roman Catholic Church, 5901 Olive Branch Road, Greenwood, IN 46143.

You are invited to read the obituary online at where you may sign the guestbook, share a memory, or order flowers for the family.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Feb. 12, 2014
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