Carl D. Pearson of Lafayette passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and children on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at the age of 70.
Carl was born Aug. 22, 1949, at Lafayette, to Kenneth R and Alberta (Wentz) Pearson. He graduated from Wolcott High School in 1968. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. Carl was a Vietnam veteran, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Carl married Colleen McIntyre on Dec. 29, 1979, at Blessed Sacrament Church, West Lafayette. He was a member of St. Ann’s Parish in Lafayette.
Carl was a Gold Legacy life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1431, Crawfordsville; a life member of the American Legion Post 72, Crawfordsville; and a life member of the Disabled Veterans of America.
Carl was dedicated to supporting veterans. He was very active in the V.F.W. He was an All American District Commander (2013-2014). In 2014, Carl was awarded the prestigious Eisenhower Award. He served as V.F.W. Department of Indiana Chief of Staff (2017-2018). He served as quartermaster of V.F.W. Post 1431 for many years.
He was also very active in the American Legion, serving as Commander of Post 72 in Crawfordsville (2015-2016). He served on the Crawfordsville American Legion/V.F.W. Honor Guard and volunteered at the Illiana Veterans Hospital in Danville, Illinois, for many years.
Carl had the privilege of participating in two Greater Lafayette Veteran’s Honor Flights, one as a guardian and one as a veteran.
Survivors include: wife Colleen; sons, Kerry (Belinda) Pearson of Crawfordsville and Kenneth (Amy) Pearson of Demotte; daughters, Katina Thomas of Crawfordsville and Erin Pearson of West Lafayette; brothers, Norman (Jean Kay) Pearson of Wolcott, Cecil Pearson of Orlando, Florida, Dennis (Vicky) Pearson of Lafayette, Michael (Pam) Pearson of Monon; sister Deb (Brad) Franklin of Monticello; and sister-in-law Saundra Pearson of Monticello. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Autumn, Garrett, Emily, Jenna, Jacob, Nicholas and Ava.
Carl is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vernon Pearson and Gene Pearson; and sisters, Annie Scripter and Doris Vanmeter.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Lafayette, with visitation one hour prior to the Mass, Father Dominic Young will officiate. Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Cemetery, Crawfordsville, with Deacon Michael Gray officiating and military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 72.
Memorial contributions in Carl’s name may be made to: Illiana Health Care System Voluntary Services, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, IL 61832 or Indiana Veterans Home, Attn: Community Services Director, 3851 N. River Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906.
Hahn-Groeber Funeral & Cremation Service of Lafayette is honored to serve the Pearson family.
Memories and condolences may be left at www.hahngroeberfuneralhome.com.