December 11, 2017
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is with sadness that I report to you the death of Rev. Robert L. Pearson on Saturday, December 9, 2017, in East Moline, Illinois.
Pastor Pearson was born September 17, 1936, in White Plains, New York, and married Francine Maree Pearson on June 24, 1961. Pastor Pearson graduated from Upsala College, East Orange, New Jersey in 1958. He later graduated from the Augustana Theological Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois in 1962.
Pastor Pearson was ordained June 27, 1962 by the Augustana Lutheran Church and began his ministry at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Bemus Point, New York from 1962-1965. Pastor Pearson was next called to serve at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Rochester, New York, from 1965-1967. Next, he was called to serve as Chaplain for the United States Army, from 1967-1994. He retired in 1997.
Pastor Pearson’s great love for the church continued in his retirement as he served at the Rock Island Arsenal and in various ministries throughout the church.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 15, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2900 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, Illinois. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 14, 2017, from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Avenue, Moline, Illinois and Friday, December 15, 2017, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2900 Avenue of the Cities, prior to the funeral service.
As the church we offer our sympathy to his family and friends and because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we rejoice in God’s promise of eternal life, comfort, and hope.
Bishop Jeffrey Clements