George W. Pearce

April 13, 1927 – Jan. 3, 2014

George W. Pearce of East Bethel, Minn. passed away at the age of 86 on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. George was born in Waukesha on April 13, 1927.

George graduated from Waukesha High School, where he met Vivian Heckler. George and Vivian were married on June 26, 1948, and lived in the Waukesha County area until moving to Cypress Lakes in Lakeland, Fla., in 1989.

George served his country for three years and three months in the Pacific at the end of World War II as a gunner’s mate in the Navy. After he was discharged from the Navy in 1948, he became an apprentice at Waukesha Foundry. George started his career as a molder, worked with the sales department, was a foreman, and then became superintendent for many different divisions in the company. In 1971, he was named general superintendent of the foundries and then moved on to become the works manager of the Watertown facility for six years. George retired from the Waukesha division of Abex Corp. as the manager of industrial relations in 1987. He was a service life member of the American Foundry Association. George was a past exalted ruler and 66-year member of the Waukesha Lodge of Elks #400. In his later years, he and Vivian enjoyed retirement in Florida, playing golf, traveling and keeping up with their growing family.

George is survived by his daughters, Linda (Dan) Butler of East Bethel, Minn., Aimee (Richard) Day of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Peggy (David) Hershberger of Kalamazoo, Mich.; grandchildren, Bill (Shannon) Butler, Keri (Andy) Jackson, Beth (Tim) Lawrence and Katie (Mike) Ouding; great-grandchildren, Grace, Brady and Drew Jackson, Timmy and Charlotte Lawrence, and Blessing, Victoria and Evangeline Ouding; and his brother, Kenneth Pearce of Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Mae (Heckler) Pearce on Jan. 2, 2009; mother, Jane Conrad; stepfather, George Conrad; father, Herman Pearce; stepmother, Dorothy Pearce; brother, Jack Pearce; sister, Kay VandeSand; and great-grandson, Christian Ouding.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Waukesha.

Memorials in George’s honor may be made to Allina Health Hospice Foundation, 333 N. Smith Ave., Suite 4640_St. Paul, MN 55102; your local hospice; or the Salvation Army.