Lewis A. Pearson, 90, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on April 26, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on September 24, 1928, to John (Arthur) and Dora (Kaufman) Pearson in Wheaton, Minnesota.
He graduated from Sisseton High School in South Dakota in 1947. Lewis married SeDalia (Della) Hammer on February 18, 1951. He worked various jobs until being invited to join the military. He joined the Army in 1952, and served during the Korean Conflict with the 101st Airborne Division, earning the rank of Sergeant, and was honorably discharged in 1954. When he returned home, he attended Wahpeton State School of Science, studying electronics and refrigeration, graduating in 1959. He moved to Cedar Rapids to begin working at Collins Radio, as a test technician, working on the Apollo project. He worked at Collins for 29 years, retiring in 1988.
Lewis and Della raised 5 children. He enjoyed restoring antique cars, tractors, and engines. Soon after his retirement, Della passed away, and he later met Edith Corporon. They were married on April 17, 1996, the anniversary of their first date.
Lewis is survived by his wife Edith (Corporon); children Lee (Carol) Pearson, Kathy Bazyn, Judy (Paul) Hazlett; step-children Ted (Sue) Biggart, Pat (Dennis) Pohlman, and Gail Biggart; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-granddaughter. Lewis is also survived by his brother Roger. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Della, sons Randy, Larry, an infant son, and a great-grandson.
A visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Thursday May 2, 2019 at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4200 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday May 3, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 915 27th St, Marion, Iowa. Burial will take place following at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for use with various local military groups.