ROCKFORD – Dean A. Pierson, 73, of Rockford, left this world serenely, May 13, 2014, at his home.
He was born Sept. 4, 1940, in Prophetstown, the son of Sivard and Myrtle (Lindquist) Pierson. He graduated in 1958 from Prophetstown High School. After high school, Dean served in the Army, where he met his wife-to-be, Marilyn. They married on Aug. 24, 1968, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and later moved to Rockford. He began his career in banking as a loan officer at First Federal Savings & Loan, where he spent 32 years.
Gentle and loving husband, father, brother, friend, Dean had a genial smile, a contagious laugh, and a dry sense of humor. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears, and attending the Ski Broncs waterski shows and local concerts. He was a John Deere tractor and car enthusiast. He also was active with the Windy City BMW Club and Fuelfed. Dean enjoyed putzing around in his retirement, scoring a good deal at a garage sale, and taking a hiatus from the Midwest winters.
Dean is survived by his daughter, Michelle (Scott Mize) of Beaverton, Oregon; sons, Erik of Palmer, Alaska, and Christopher (Jennifer) Pierson of Phoenix; brothers, Raymond, Clarence, and Richard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and sister, Betty Cherry.
A memorial service was May 23. Interment will take place at 10:30 a.m. July 5 at Leon Cemetery in Prophetstown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FFA, NPR, or Fight Colorectal Cancer.
Special thanks to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Northern Illinois Hospice.