Donald A. Pearson
October 7, 1931 - July 20, 2018
Major General Donald A. Pearson, 86, passed away Friday evening, July 20, 2018. He was a long time Zionsville resident.
He was born October 7, 1931 in Boone County, IN to Paul Prentice Pearson and Mary Jane (Snyder) Pearson. He graduated from Tipton High School in 1949, then served his country in the U.S. Army. He returned and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in metallurgical engineering.
Don married Barbara Barr on May 10, 1952 in Tipton, IN. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Pearson of Zionsville; son, Donald A. Pearson, II of Tucson, AZ; daughter, Pamela A. (Paul) Pearson-Hoppe of Zionsville; brother, Charles Pearson of Huntsville, TX; sister, Frances Cameron of Warsaw, IN; three grandchildren, Brianne (Kevin) Hoppe – Miller, Caitlyn Hoppe, and Michelle Hoppe; and two great grandchildren; Christopher Miller and Cassandra Diener.
He formerly was Director of quality assurance, product reliability, and product safety for the Chain Division of PT Components, Inc.
He was a member of Zionsville Christian Church, the John Purdue Club, Ulen Country Club, and Zionsville American Legion Post #79.
Major General Pearson devoted his life to serving the United States. He was drafted by the U.S. Army on November 14, 1951 and served in the Korean War Conflict. During that span, he graduated from Officer Candidate School in field artillery in October 1952, and attended several military schools including the Army War College.
He served as the commanding General of the 123 Army Reserve Command in Indiana and Michigan from 1981 to 1985. There were nearly 100 Army Reserve units in this area, with 8,000 Reservists assigned to these units. After serving in that role, he took on the responsibility of being involved with mobilization exercises with most of that duty at the Pentagon.
He has been awarded several military decorations, including a Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and a Legion of Merit.
Having served faithfully and honorably, he retired from the U.S. Army October 7, 1991.
Visitation hours will be held at the Zionsville Christian Church from 12:00 to 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 4, 2018, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the following organizations are preferred.
Zionsville Christian Church, Christian Woman’s Fellowship, 120 N. 9th St., Zionsville, IN 46077
American Legion Post #79, 9950 E 600 S, Zionsville, IN 46077
Love, Inc., PO Box 368, Lebanon, IN 46052
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