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Jack R. Pierson Dec. 7, 1917 - April 24, 2013

Jack R. Pierson Dec. 7, 1917 - April 24, 2013

WILLMAR - Jack R. Pierson, 95, of Willmar, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. His funeral will be 11:30 am, Monday, April 29th at Willmar United Methodist Church in Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, Memorials are preferred.

Jack was born on December 7, 1917, in Horton, Kansas, the son of Harry and Ruth (Cooper) Pierson. The family lived in Horton and Wichita before moving to Lincoln where he graduated from high school in 1934. He then attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

On January 12, 1937, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Pease at her parent’s home in Lincoln. Following their marriage, Jack and Dorothy owned Griswold Mercantile in Griswold, IA besides living in Mason City, Lincoln, Minneapolis and Montevideo before moving to Willmar in 1944. Jack was a salesman for Hills Bros Coffee for 27 years and for 13 years, before retiring in 1990, he was a chemical dependency counselor at Woodland Centers.

He was a member of Willmar United Methodist Church where he served as an usher. Jack also was an Elks Club member and an AA officer.

Jack was instrumental in the beginning of Kaffe Fest. As a salesman for Hills Brothers Coffee, he would often talk about the amount of coffee sold in Willmar with other coffee salesmen and they noted that Willmar by far, drank more coffee than anywhere else. It was with this notoriety, Jack and Hills Brothers were able to provide the coffee, cups and he even made the coffee for Kaffe Fest. He received his private pilot’s license in 1963 and enjoyed being a member of a flying club. He also became a float plane pilot. Jack enjoyed the time socializing with friends at the Hunting Shack on Long Lake and The Cabbage Patch (his gardening buddies) and meeting for coffee.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; children, Robert “Joe” Pierson of Boise, ID; Jackie (and Bill) Burggraff of New London; Mike (and Maureen) Pierson of New London; six grandchildren, Scott (and Marina) Pierson, Kris (and Michael) Craig, James (and Jenny) Anfinson, Chad (and Michele) Pierson, Brian (and Kelli) Anfinson and Suzy (and Phil) Simon and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Charlotte and Sandy.