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Leslie Oliver Pearson

Leslie Oliver Pearson, age 77, of rural Litchfield, died Sunday, July 23, 2006 at the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

He was born April 16, 1929 in Danielson Township, Meeker County, the son of Carl and Esther (Erickson) Pearson. He grew up in Danielson Township, and received his education there.

Leslie was united in marriage to Mabel Marquardt Sept. 6, 1958, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. They made their home on his grandfather’s farm in Danielson Township, where they engaged in farming.

Leslie was an active member of the Rosendale United Methodist Church, where he was baptized, confirmed, and was the Sunday school superintendent.

He served stateside in the US Navy during the Korean War, and was a member of the Navy Club.

Leslie was an avid horseman, belonging to the Meeker County and Los Charos saddle clubs. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, and horses.

Leslie is survived by his loving wife, Mabel; children, Rona (and David Jr.) Blunt, Dale (and Linda) Pearson, all of Litchfield, Cleone (and Mark) Larson of Atwater, and Douglas Pearson of Litchfield; and 11 grandchildren, Justin, Alicia, and Erin Blunt; Kristin Pearson, Erick, Micah, and Ryan Larson; and Cassandra, Ayla, Katie, and Mariah Pearson.

He is further survived by brothers Donald (and Connie) Pearson of Litchfield, and Vernon (and Janet) Pearson of Grove City; sister-in-law Audrey Pearson of Dassel; brother-in-law Glenn (and Marie) Nelsen of Atwater; and other relatives and friends.

Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Carlton Pearson; and a sister, Harriett Nelsen.

A memorial service took place Thursday, July 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Rosendale United Methodist Church, with Pastor Joseph Carpenter officiating. A private family burial took place in Lake Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield, with military honors by Admiral Benson VFW Post 2818.

Visitation was Wednesday, July 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield.

The Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield handled the arrangements.

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