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Elmer Pearson
April 25, 1940 - April 18, 2020

Elmer R. Pearson, 79, of Oelwein, Iowa passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, Iowa.  A private family service will be held with burial in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. 

Elmer was born on April 25, 1940 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Howard and Gladyce (Metz) Pearson. He was a graduate of the Oelwein High School Class of 1958.  He was united in marriage to Patty L. Holtzman on May 20, 1963 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He worked for awhile with the Chicago Great Western Railroad and then entered into Law Enforcement with the Oelwein Police Dept. and then with the Iowa State Patrol for 31 years, with 10 of those years as a pilot, retiring in 1995. He was first introduced to law enforcement at age 17 when the Oelwein Chief of Police put a badge on his chest and said, “Now hit the streets”. 

Elmer enjoyed golf, playing pool, bowling, shuffle board, riding his motorcycle, the Chicago Cubs and his woodworking.  Elmer and Patty wintered in Texas for 21 years.  He was a member of the DPS (Department of Public Safety), the Policeman’s Association and on the Civil Service Board. Elmer enjoyed being around his friends and family and making sure they didn’t really know if he was pulling your leg or not. He was a friend to all and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Patty of Oelwein; a son JR (Marcia) Pearson of Pella, Iowa ; a daughter, Lynn (Greg) Hovatter of Traer, Iowa; three grandchildren, Josh, Lindsay and Rachel; four great grandchildren, Maddilynn, Carson, Dustin and Karlynn. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

All Iowa Law Enforcement Officers will be considered Honorary Casket Bearers.

 

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Chad Steggall on May 9, 2020 at 8:03 AM said:

My thoughts and Prayers are with you
Family of Elmer Pearson on April 23, 2020 at 1:48 PM said:

Elmer was in my class of "58" and I knew him from way back
when he played the accordian at the Parkside School Frolics,
He was just a kid too. He could make it "sing".
After my husband went into OHCC he would stop and visit us
and spend a little time, my husband really enjoyed that and
so did I. He made regular visits to the nursing home. What
a caring person. It is so hard to loose your Life Partner,
I hope knowing that people really liked and respected Elmer
will be a comfort to you all. My Sympathy to you. Kay
Schwartz
GEORGE WHALEN on April 23, 2020 at 1:02 PM said:

A FRIEND TO SO MANY. A FRIEND WHO HELP US THUR OUR TOUGHEST TIME..MAY HE REST IN PEASE. GEORGE
Dana & Diann Smith on April 23, 2020 at 9:05 AM said:

We are so sorry to hear of Elmer's passing. We always enjoyed our visits with Elmer in the shop and of course reminiscing about the past. May he rest in peace.
Tony and Nellie Grasso on April 23, 2020 at 7:41 AM said:

Always such a kind person. A smile and a "hi" were always visible when you met him. May God wrap his arms around Elmer and his family. When someone will mention his name, a smile will appear. Lasting Memories!
Teresa Ryherd on April 22, 2020 at 3:04 PM said:

Sorry to heard of Mr Pearson’s passing.
I’m almost certain he worked with my uncle Charles Whitney from the Cedar Falls post on Charlie’s last day.
My prayers are with his whole family.
Jan & Jeff Strickler on April 22, 2020 at 5:42 AM said:

To the Pearson Family~
We are so sorry.
So many awesome memories, the good ole days!
Your in our thoughts & prayers now and the days to come.
Marcella Greco on April 21, 2020 at 5:13 PM said:

Sending my sympathy to Patti and family on the loss of your husband and father Elmer. Such a great guy. RIP
Marcella Greco on April 21, 2020 at 5:13 PM said:

Sending my sympathy to Patti and family on the loss of your husband and father Elmer. Such a great guy. RIP
Bonnie Wessels on April 21, 2020 at 4:16 PM said:

Pat and family,
So sorry to hear of Elmer’s passing, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lots of fond memories of our good times spent together when our kids were growing up!!!
Dana Meyers on April 21, 2020 at 4:10 PM said:

Patty, Jr, Lynn, and families,
Elmer was quite a guy! He lived to see people safe and happy. There aren't enough words to say how much I enjoyed our visits and I think of him every time I see the shelf he made for me. Patty, he couldn't have had a better partner in life. I am sure he has that grin on his face that he flashed when he just pulled one over on you. The day he gave me an application to join ISP is one that I will remember. Maybe someday we will be on patrol together. Until then, I hope he patrol Paradise.
Jan Tennyson on April 21, 2020 at 2:37 PM said:

Deepest sympathy to you Mrs Pearson and family. I had the great priviledge of being Elmer's nurse a few times when he was hospitalized. He was such a proud and kind man. I feel blessed to have met him.
Kenneth & Susan Turner on April 21, 2020 at 12:51 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Patty and your family.
Bryan & Sherry Barker on April 21, 2020 at 6:37 AM said:

Ms. Patty, JR and family,

We had the privilege of working not only with Trooper Elmer but Sgt. JR. as well. It was the 70's and I was the first female officer in Butler Co. I worked with so many men who were great leaders as well as role models, and Elmer was one of those shining lights. He was a great family man and so proud of all of you. There was never a question he was not willing to answer or guidance that he would give with what he would do in the same situation and why. Bryan also worked with him in Nashua and Oelwein. Please know that our Law Enforcement family is keeping you all, in our thoughts and prayers. We thank your family, for the years of service you provide. Take care...Sherry.
Jesse Paul Sr. and Christy on April 21, 2020 at 5:58 AM said:

Patty,
We were just made aware of Elmer's passing. We always enjoy your thoughts on "Messenger. I recall always begging for rides on his motorcycle. Sometimes I even got that ride. I vividly recall his chatting us up after he came upon I and a college friend hitchhiking from Cedar Falls to Omaha. I believe he was one of the good souls who influenced me towards decades in law enforcement. He was a good man, a fine officer and will be missed.
God Bless.
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