Clair E. Pearson, 88
Wells Clair Edgar Pearson, age 88, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at United Hospital District in Blue Earth. A Celebration of Life was held Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Military honors were provided by the Wells Color Guard. Burial was at St. Paul’s UCC cemetery. Memorials are preferred to St. Paul’s UCC Cemetery Association for continued upkeep. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home assisted the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit brussheitner.com
Clair Edgar Pearson was born May 30, 1931 to Rodney and Mabel (Gesche) Pearson and raised on a farm in Elmore. He was baptized and confirmed at Evangelical United Church in Blue Earth, and attended school in Frost. Clair served three years in the US Marine Corp. during the Korean War. Upon return he was united in marriage to Ruby Schulz on May 6, 1954, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Minnesota Lake. Two children were born to this union, Kurt in 1956 and Kelly in 1961. Clair and Ruby raised their children on the Schulz farmstead in rural Wells. He was employed with Nordaas American Homes from 1954-1955, sold insurance from 1955-1962, and farmed from 1962-1984. If you ever interacted with Clair, you likely heard one of his coined phrases “ya, ya,” “blabber blabber,” “holy catfish,” “what’s news with you,” “I’m just checking crops,” “use this money to buy licorice and bubble gum,” “use this money to buy booze and cigarettes,” “ok then, we’ll talk again,” “bean time” (meant lunch time) and numerous other phrases too inappropriate to publish. Clair was one of nine children born to Rodney and Mabel Pearson; eldest and only sister-Irene, military serviceman brothers: Reed-US Navy, Leland-US Navy, Myron who died in infancy, Larry-US Navy, Vernel-US Army, Mark-US Army, Merle-US Navy. Clair was very proud of his family’s military background.
Clair is survived by his daughter-in-law, Joline Pearson (Mike Sandt), of Wells; grandson, Travis (Ellen) Pearson; great-grandchildren, Christine and Claire, of Dodge Center; granddaughter, Sally (Ryan) Strom; great-grandchildren, Ashley Pearson (fianc Jared Bingham) and Logan Strom, of Bricelyn; daughter, Kelly (John “Pete”) Sonnek, of Wells; grandchildren, Nicole (Jesse) Van Sickle; great-grandchild, Jackson, of Mankato, and Jake (Taylor) Sonnek, of Janesville; sisters-in-law, Marion Pearson, Glennis Pearson, Vivian Pearson, Roselyn Pearson, Shirley Pearson, Barb Pearson and Diane Pearson, Lu Etta (Jimmy) Hardy; numerous nieces and nephews and their families; and his loyal dog Patty.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rodney and Mabel; wife, Ruby (2004); son, Kurt (2010); great-grandson, Max Van Sickle (2019); sister, Irene and her husband Bob McQuarie; and brothers, Reed, Leland, Myron, Vernel, Larry, Mark, and Merle; in-laws: Henry and Marion Lutteke, Melvin and Jeanette Schirmer, and Marvin Hardy.