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Rudolph L. Pearson

December 29, 1922 — July 4, 2023


Rudolph L. "Bud" Pearson, 100, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, with his family by his side.

He was born on December 29, 1922 in Kersey, PA, a son of the late Rudolph and Hannah Hedlund Pearson. 

On April 19, 1952, at St. Boniface Church, he married the late Mary Wildfire Pearson, who preceded him in death on March 7, 2005. Together they shared nearly 53 years of marriage.

Born and raised in Kersey, Rudy enlisted in the Army in 1943, and served in the U.S. Army during WWII as an aircraft observer in the Southwest Pacific.  He then retired from Speer Carbon Company after more than 45 years of service. He was a member of the Dagus Mines Legion and the Fox Township Firemen's Club.  Never turning down the chance to scratch a lottery ticket, Bud also greatly enjoyed playing cards, especially a good game of Cinch with his family.  Though he was a man of few words, Bud will be remembered not only for his wit, but as a calm, kind, and gentle father and grandfather who cherished his family.

He is survived by 5 children; Dave (Margaret) Pearson of St. Marys, Cathy (Tom) Johnson of St. Marys, Mary Jo (Mark) Makufka of Reynoldsville, Doug (Carol) Pearson of Kersey, and Diane (Rodney) Shaffer of Brockport; by 12 grandchildren; Tim Pearson, William Pearson, David Pearson, Susan Coglio, Angie Gradizzi, Nicole Komenda, Travis Meredith, Mike Pearson, Dan Pearson, Nathan Shaffer, Aaron Shaffer, and Jacob Shaffer, as well as by 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother; John Pearson.

A Memorial Service for Rudolph L. Pearson will be held on Monday, July 10, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Fox Township Firemen's Club, 385 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846.
Military Honors will be accorded by the Fox Township Burial Detail.

Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received at the Fox Township Firemen's Club on Monday, July 10, 2023 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Fox Township Burial Detail, the Fox Township Ambulance Association, or to a charity of choice.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at

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