Jack A. Pearson
Jack A. Pearson, 85, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2020 at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Marilyn Pearson, his son Allen (Rosemary) Pearson, daughter Elizabeth Pearson and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Eunice Pearson, his twin sister Joan Hallagan, and older sister, Norma Thule.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Dolton, Illinois, graduating from Thornton Township High School.
Jack was a proud graduate of Purdue University, BS in Economics, minor in Math, class of 1957. He left graduate school at Purdue to take a job with the Federal Reserve. He left the Federal Reserve when the United States Army sent him greetings. Jack served in Germany and his active duty service was extended during the Berlin Wall crisis in 1962. Jack fondly recalled his time in the Army, and it instilled in him a love of travel, as he was traveled throughout Europe during his service. He was particularly fond of London. After returning home, he worked at U.S. Gypsum, where he met his wife of 57 years Marilyn. He went on to work for GATX as a Manager of Data Applications. Jack and Marilyn settled in Woodridge, IL in January 1965, buying a home in the Winston Hills subdivision. Finding Woodridge a wonderful place to raise a family, he never left. And he never lost his love of learning. He was proud to watch the library grow into what it is today. Over the years he enjoyed their music programs and lectures. He was a lifelong Cubs fan who spent many afternoons watching the team on good old channel 9. He finally got to see them win the World Series in 2016.
He devoured books on Civil War history, physics, astronomy, climate science as well as many works of fiction. He continued his love of travel, trying to visit every National Park, particularly enjoying Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. He also visited many Civil War battlefields including Gettysburg and Appomattox. Jack's strong sense of Social Justice has been passed to his children. His family will miss him deeply.
Funeral services will be private due to Covid. A celebration of life will be held when we can safely gather together. In lieu of flowers, his family request donations be made in his honor to his alma mater, Purdue University. Arrangements entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home 630-964-6500
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Published by Suburban Life Publications on Nov. 19, 2020.