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David Pearson

1941 - 2021


David R. Pearson, 79, of Matherville, Illinois was surrounded by family when he passed away at home on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

As his wife Bev is in hospice care herself, services will be held for both once she passes on.  Details will be provided when the time comes. Dennison Funeral Home, Viola is assisting the family.

David Ray was born August 4, 1941 in Andalusia, Illinois the son of G. Lyle and Frances M. Hatfield Pearson.  The 1959 graduate of Sherrard High School went on to attend Illinois State University.  While at Illinois State he met Beverly Jean Bell, the couple married on June 16, 1962.  Dave was a union carpenter…working for Slavish Vault Company for 24 years before moving onto Doors Inc for 10 years.  Dave was active in his community.  He served on the Matherville Fire Department for 34 years, was a Greene Township Fire Protection District Trustee, served on the Matherville Town Council…where he was Village President for many years and was a member of the Matherville Community Club.  He also served as a board member of Crime Stoppers of Mercer County.  Dave enjoyed woodworking.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years:  Bev; children:  Lyle (Dawn) Pearson of Matherville, John (Lorene) Pearson of Milan and Natalie (Michael) Howdeshell of Argyle, Texas; grandchildren:  Lyle, Kayla, Jeffery, Stephen, Andrew, Emily, Crystal, Katherine and Janeé; 5 great grandchildren and siblings:  Lela Sedder of Rock Island, Linda Halsall of Rock Island and Larry (Bev) Pearson of Matherville.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Sandy Long

May 11, 2021 11:20 AM

Dave and Bev will be greatly missed. They were both wonderful people.  Glad I got the know them both  My sincere c condolences to the family.

Jack Welch

April 22, 2021 10:20 AM

My sincerest  condolences to Bev & All Family Members

Dennis Cromer

April 21, 2021 8:22 AM

My name is Dennis Cromer. I taught in the Sherrard School District from 1973-1979. I have lived in the Chicago area since 1985. I taught with Bev during my time in the district. I found her to be a sweet and caring person and appreciated her friendship. Obviously, I met Dave through Bev. Dave employed me one summer working on a construction project in Rock Island. Dave was thoughtful, hard working and enjoyable to be around. I liked working with Dave and always hoped I didn't "screw things up" too badly. I was sorry to learn of Dave's passing. I am sorry to hear about Bev. My sympathy go out to the family. God bless ...

David Collier

April 20, 2021 8:02 PM

I was raised in Matherville and spent a lot of time with the Pearson family. I was in Dave’s class.We played in band together at Sherrard High school. After graduation we went our own way for a while. Dave married Bev and I married Ann and we got together again.We both had boys about the same Time.Dave and Bev Lyle,Ann and I Chris. We then didn’t see to much of each other along the way. We saw them at our last reunion.  I am sorry for the family’s loss and sorry to here about Bev. We had fun together the 4 of us.

Lori Shafer

April 20, 2021 2:55 PM

Dave, was always smiling, joking.  I was Village Clerk when he was mayor.  He worked hard for Matherville.  Thank you Dave.  Hugs to his family members, he will be missed.     Lori Shafer

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