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Francis Pearson, 88

Francis Luverne Pearson, 88, died Friday, February 21, 2014 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Francis was born July 7, 1925 in Pierre, South Dakota to Francis and Myrtle (Davis) Pearson. He graduated from high school in Bruno, MN. Francis served in the U.S. Army in WWII from 19431946. He served his country during the Battle of the Bulge with the 101st Airborne Division. As he was parachuting down he was shot in the leg and became a POW. Francis was awarded the Purple Heart.

Francis returned and lived in the Twin Cities, working while he attended Macalister College. In November of 1947, Francis was united in marriage to Alice Sullivan. Francis continued his schooling and earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic at Northwestern School of Chiropractic in 1955. The family moved to Alexandria in 1955, and Francis opened his chiropractic office, retiring in 1985.

Francis was a member of the Alexandria American Legion Post 87 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 936 and is a Past Commander. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, a good steak, and flying his plane. He was very meticulous with his yard and his home. Francis was an honest man and loved being around people.

He is survived by his five children, Jill Lovell of Minneapolis, Jane (Jerry) Olerud of Bloomington, Kevin Pearson of Alexandria, Mark Pearson of Alexandria, and Jay Pearson of Northfield; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters, Bonnie Sorenson of Arlington, TX, Nancy (Jack) McCullough of Eyota; sister-in-law, Arlene Pearson of Oak Grove; and several nieces and nephews.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Myrtle; wife, Alice; and brothers, Max and Larry.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, February 28 at St. Marys Catholic Church. Interment was at St. Marys Catholic Church Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the Alexandria American Legion Post 87, the VFW Post 936, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 23, and the Minnesota National Honor Guard.

A special thank you from the family to Prairie Senior Cottages for the love and care they provided to their father.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;