Neil Pierson, of Mora, MN, died on Monday, October 25, 2010 at the Villa Health Care Center. He was 81 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 29th at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, October 28th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home, plus 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be held at 3:30 P.M. on Friday at New Richmond Cemtery in New Richmond, WI.
Neil Walter Pierson was born on December 2, 1928 at Cumberland, WI to Walter & Thea (Peterson) Pierson. He spent his first 13 years around Barronett, WI working on farms. He moved to New Richmond, WI at the age of 13 to attend High School. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy Air Corp and became a Naval Air Photographer, flying in a Navy PB4Y2 Liberator. He married his “High School Sweetheart” Lorraine Fansler on December 23, 1948. They had 5 boys, one was stillborn.
Neil worked as a mechanic for various garages for a couple of years. He got a job as a Tool & Die Maker and Supervisor in Minneapolis, where they lived until he started his own business in 1964. He has been in business ever since, along with three of his sons working with him. The fourth son works for Harley Davidson in Milwaukee, WI.
He has had various cancer operations since 1991. He spent his spare time in the last years restoring antique cars, along with being CEO of P.T.E. Inc., the business he and his wife have run since 1964.
Neil is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lorraine of Mora; sons Robert Neil (KayDawn) Pierson of Mora, Keith Alan (Jane) Pierson of Mora, Michael Ross (Heidi) Pierson of Mora and Richard Guy (Donna) Pierson of New Berlin, WI; grandchildren Bryan Pierson of St. Hiliare, MN, Beth Pierson, Blaine Pierson, Rozanne, Corrina, Olivia, Paige Pierson all of Mora; Melody and Julie Pierson of New Berlin, WI; step grandchildren Tracy (Cory) Gaalaas of Castle Rock, CO, Kim (Joshua) Kunde of Golden Valley, MN; great-grandchildren Aidan & Bennett Pierson, Anson, Xander & Trinity Pierson all of Mora, Christopher Pierson of St. Hiliare, MN; step-great grandchildren Seth & Heather Gaalaas of Castle Rock, CO, Piper Kunde of Golden Valley, MN; brother John L. Pierson of Rogers, MN; sister Emiline Emerson of New Richmond, WI; plus many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stillborn son Ronnie John Pierson; brothers Eugene (Clara) Pierson, Wayne (Glady) Cole; Glen Cole; brother-in-law Jerry Emerson; sister-in-law Colleen Pierson.