Arvid Neil PearsonArvid Neil Pearson, 94 of Aitkin formerly of Baudette and Duluth died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minn.
Arvid Neil Pearson, 94 of Aitkin formerly of Baudette and Duluth died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minn.
Neil was born Oct. 3, 1919 at Montrose, South Dakota the son of Arvid and Laura Pearson.
He grew up and attended schools in South Dakota. He married his first wife Shirley Ann on Dec. 26, 1940 in Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He then served in the U.S. Naval Ready Reserves from 1947 until 1979 when he retired with the rank of Commander. He Received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. He was a professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota Duluth during which time he had served as Department Head. He also served with UNESCO as Chief Advisor in the Philippines for five years. Upon retiring from teaching he lived in Baudette for a time and also Aitkin. His first wife died in 1994. He married Blanche Beyreuther in 1994 and they lived in Baudette and Aitkin. Blanche died in 2012.
He enjoyed flying his plane, fishing, hunting, traveling and was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Shirley Ann and second wife Blanche; parents, and brothers, Eugene, John Delano (Jack) and Daryl Pearson.
Survivors include daughter, Judith M. Phelps of Wales, United Kingdom; step son, Dick Beyreuther of Aitkin; step daughter, Beverly Baartmas of Michigan; brothers, Maynard Pearson of Madison, S.D., and Donald Pearson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; grandchildren, Peter and Daniel Phelps, Christine Knudson; great grandchildren, Miranda, Eleanor, Caroline, Abriel, Haylie, and Benjamin Phelps and Abigail, Caleb, and Caitlyn Knudson.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 12:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with Rev. Leonard Phelps officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com