Norman Leonard Pearson
July 9, 1942 – December 21,2019
OSAGE CITY — Norman Leonard Pearson, Osage City, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at home surrounded by his “gaggle of girls.” He was 77.
Norman was born July 9,1942, at his home in Miller, the son of “Ferd” and Lenora Pearson. He was in one of the first classes to graduate from Northern Heights High School in 1960, in Allen. He also attended Washburn University.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965. He served 2 years as security service and also served a year and a half overseas as Morse Security Clearance. He was one of the youngest airmen promoted to E-4, in less than two years, as top operator in the Far East, stationed at Peshawar, Pakistan during the Cuban Crisis. After his tour, he was stationed for 2 years at Little Rock A.F.B. with the 308th Missile Squadron as chief administrative clerk.
Norman worked for Santa Fe Railroad and Missouri Pacific Railroad as a break man. His parents owned the Osage Bowling Alley from 1972 to 1982, which he helped operate and taught children how to bowl in the junior division. He also bartended around Osage City at different establishments.
He married Carol Anderson. They were together for 47 years. She survives of the home.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Lyle Pearson.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Heather Glover and Mario, Osage City; a brother, Basil “Gail” Pearson, Colorado; Norman’s “Gaggle of Girls;” two granddaughters, Lacey and Rebekka Glover; and great-granddaughters, Charlotte Glover and soon to be baby, Gwendolyn.
Norman’s wishes were to be cremated. A celebration of life will be set at a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made to David Traylor Emporia Zoo, 75 Soden Rd., Emporia, KS 66801.