SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Everett “Ed” Ernest Pearson, 78, died peacefully Oct. 10, 2011, surrounded by his family at the Primrose Retirement Community Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Visitation was prior to services Oct. 14 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory.
Memorial services were Oct. 14 the Opsahl-Kostel Memorial Chapel, Yankton, S.D., with Rev. Dave Gunderson officiating.
Everett Ernest Pearson was born Feb. 24, 1933, to Ernest and Nellie (Clay) Pearson at their home in Prairie Home. Everett graduated from the Ceresco High School in 1952 and worked construction and at the Nebraska Ordnance Plant. He married Wilma Cords Sept. 20, 1952, at the St. Mary’s Church, Davey, and they shared 59 years of marriage together. In September 1955, Everett began employment as a Nebraska State Correctional Officer, working at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, Lincoln. Everett was appointed to the position of Nebraska Highway Patrol Trooper Sept. 3, 1957, and his duty stations included Columbus, Randolph and Plainview. Everett was promoted to Patrol Corporal April 1, 1966, and transferred to Crofton. In 1978, Everett was again promoted to the position of Patrol Sergeant and transferred to Norfolk, where he retired from the Nebraska State Patrol September 1987, after 30 years of dedicated service.
Over the years, Everett enjoyed hunting, camping, and was an avid fisherman. He had a passion for firearms and was once a member of the Upper Missouri Muzzleloaders Association. He also participated in sharpshooting competitions and won various awards. Everett and Wilma took yearly vacations traveling throughout the United States on their touring motorcycle, fortunate to visit most states during their travels. They were once members of the Northeast Nebraska Motorcycle Touring Club and the Nebraska Retreads.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Wilma Pearson; children and spouses, Larry and Cheryl Pearson, Yankton, S.D.; his daughter Patricia Nohr, Sioux Falls, S.D.; his daughter, Gretchen and Ron Slate, Yankton, S.D.; sister and husband, Maxine and Ray Beethe, Greeley, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Nellie Pearson; sister, Viola Sutton; and infant grandson.