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Webster United Methodist Church
Thursday December 8th, 2016

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Jerry Pierson

Jerry Pierson, 77 of Wahpeton and formerly of Webster died on Saturday, December 03, 2016 at Bethany Nursing Home in Fargo. His funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Webster, Rev. Ken Ballard will officiate. Burial with military rites will be at Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Wednesday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services at the church. Jerald “Jerry” Wayne Pierson was born on March 21, 1939 to August and Lucille (Burns) Pierson in Webster, South Dakota. He was the oldest of three children. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Webster. He attended school in Webster and graduated from Webster High School in 1958. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1959. He served in Southeast Asia at onset of the Vietnam Conflict, as well as during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After his honorable discharge in August 1963 he lived in Vallejo, California and worked with his uncle, Harvey Burns in the Naval Shipyards. Jerry then pursued college at Black Hills State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education. He served as Human Resource Director at nonprofit and for profit entities in Watertown and Vermilion, South Dakota and Dickinson and Wahpeton, North Dakota. In 2004 he retired after twenty two years, while living in Wahpeton, working for Minn-Dak Cooperative. After he retired he continued to live in Wahpeton. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kiwanis and Optimist Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family best, sports (golf, football, baseball) and always cheered for the underdog! Jerry peacefully passed away, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Fargo, North Dakota at the age of 77 years, 8 months and 12 days. Survivors include two sons, Chris (& Roxann White) Pierson of Brentwood, CA and Jeff (& Polly) Pierson of West Fargo, ND; one daughter, Abby (& Justin) Schreiber of Glyndon, MN; one brother, Scott Pierson of Minneapolis, MN; and seven grandchildren: McKale, Ava, Easton, Karly, Blake, Taryn and Michael. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Stacy Ann, and one sister, Lois.

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My first recollection in my friendship with Jerry was the fall of 1946, my folks had returned to Webster after WW II and Jerry and I were first graders on the school playground. We sized each other up and decided we might as well be pals. Throughout grade school and high school we played all the sports together, taking special pride in our South Dakota State Championship in football, our senior year. After graduation from WHS, as we all seemed to leave to go out and see what the world had for store for us; it was perhaps unique and certainly special that Jerry and I continued our friendship as we seemed to keep in touch over the years, regardless of our locations. Jerry even tried to look me up when I was stationed in Japan and he was aboard ship with the Marine Corps. That didn't work out, but he tried and it provided us with a great story for the rest of our lives. We kept in touch, shared phone calls on our birthdays, and visited each other from time to time; always picking right up where we left off. Few people ever have the gift of a friendship that lasts more than 70 years and has the unconditional aspect that ours did. For this, I will always be grateful. Rest in peace, Quarterback, and ...... Semper Fi. Dave Kappan

David Kappan Dec 7 2016 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to the family of Jerry Pierson. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God's promise to soon "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25;8) With deepest sympathy,

V. Thompson Dec 5 2016 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Jerry. The loss of our dear loved ones can be very difficult and distressing to cope with. True comfort comes in knowing that Jehovah ( Psalm 83 : 18 - God's name ) is not the cause of our pain, suffering and death, Hebrews 2 : 14 tells us the source. May you be comforted in knowing that Jehovah hates death ( 1 Corinthian 15 : 26 ) and promises to eliminate death forever and bring ones sleeping in death back to life on a cleansed earth. ( John 17 : 3; Isaiah 25 : 7,8; Revelation 21 : 3-5; Acts 24 : 15; Psalms 37 : 10,11, 29 ). Also, may your own good and loving memories of Jerry help to soothe your hearts, as we remember that our dear loved ones now safely rest in the loving memory of our Grand Creator, Jehovah God, waiting for the fulfillment of His promised purpose for us all. Sincerely

Ginger Dec 4 2016 12:00 AM