Bruce Pearson


September 9, 1940 - November 26, 2020


Bruce Pearson, 80, of Mitchell, SD, died Thursday, November 26, 2020 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. A visitation will be from 10:30-11:30 AM Saturday, December 5 at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Graveside service with Military Honors will be at Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Bruce Allen Pearson was born September 9, 1940 in Mitchell to Margaret and Lowell Pearson being the youngest of four boys. He was a Boy Scout member of Troop 71 under Carl Sprunger. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell where he took part in the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) Program where he held many leadership offices both local and statewide.

He graduated from Mitchell Senior High in 1958 and attended Dakota Wesleyan University for the next three years the following year he went to work for the South Dakota State Highway Department as bookkeeper in the parts room.

In April of 1962 he joined the United States Air Force and stayed for the next 26 years retiring in April 1988. During this time he worked at a Jet Mechanic on one and two engine aircraft, B57 Bomber, F-l 00 Fighter Aircraft, T-37 and T-38 Pilot Trainer aircraft for the first 10 years and then changed career and worked as a Management Engineer Technician for the next 16 years. During this time, he married the love of his life Ava Bobeldyke of Armour in May of 1963 who he met while attending DWU. They had two girls Pamela and Jody. As a military family they moved 14 times and Bruce also served three overseas assignments by himself to Kimpo, Korea, Phan Rang, Vietnam, and Adana Turkey. In 1967 Bruce graduated from the University of Omaha at Nebraska under the Bootstrap Program with the Air Force with a Bachelor of General Studies

During his 26 years in the Air Force he was awarded the following awards. Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with seven oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Longevity Service Award with five oak leaf cluster, NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Rift Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Device, Republic of Vietnam campaign Medal

After retiring from the Air Force he worked for private industries in Omaha, Ne, before going back to work for the government in Denver, Colorado with the Department of Defense Accounting and Finance Center where he retired for the last time in June of 2000 and moved back to Armour with his wife Ava who passed away in October of 2007. Bruce spend many years after that showing his 1986 Buick Skyhawk Limited at car shows in SD, Iowa, and Nebraska where he won many trophies.

He is survived by his two daughters, Pamela (Steve) Gordon, Huntsville, AL, and Jody (Tim) Stalker, Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Donny, Brandon, and AAron; sister-in-law, Virginia, Long Beach, CA; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ava; his parents; brother, Norman (Faye); and brothers, Wesley and Darrell.





Saturday, December 5, 2020
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


None Scheduled


11:45 AM Graveside Service
Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Ken & Loretta Maxwell on December 6, 2020
Cousin Bruce will be greatly missed. Enjoyed getting to know him when he hosted the Gomersall Cousin Reunion in South Dakota. He was very enjoyable and we have fond memories of our time spent with him. Kenny always enjoyed speaking to him on the phone. Blessings and condolences to Pam and Jody and families.
Posted by Joanne Geraets on December 4, 2020
Bruce lived on the corner of our block. He was always such a cheerful guy. Fun seeing him drive by in his outstanding vehicles. May he rest in peace. My sympathies and prayers for the family.
Posted by Jean and Bill Gordon on December 4, 2020
Our sincere sympathy to Pam and Jody. Bruce was one of a kind and will be missed. ❤️❤️
Posted by Marcella Gerritson on December 3, 2020
M y sympathy to Pam and Jody and family. I will miss his phone calls. He kept in contact even after my cousin Ava passed away.. Also enjoyed visits with him when I went through Mitchell..
Posted by Brenda Wolter on December 2, 2020
Uncle Bruce will be missed. I have a lot of great memories. Bruce was always that fun loving Uncle. I know he is with all his brothers and parents and no longer in pain. My deepest condolences to Pam and Jody. I know your sorrow as we just recently lost my dad.
Posted by Paula Elofson-Gardine on November 30, 2020
Bruce was a real gentleman. I enjoyed our visits, and when Mom (Betty) and I visited during a road trip together. I wish his quality of life had been better. Bruce has earned his rest in a better place. R.I.P
Posted by Marlene Boscaljon on November 29, 2020
Bruce was married to Ava my husbands cousin ,so I saw him many b times at family reunions and etc. May his girls take comfort he is walking the streets of gold with Jesus also his wife and many other loved ones are walking with him..
Posted by John P. Courier on November 28, 2020
My Buddy for over 65 years, I introduced Ava to Bruce, in the last few months we talked over 1500 minutes. We did so much to say here. Dawn and I both loved him! because of Covid 19 and my recent surgery on my neck I could not fly to see him, felt so bad about that. My condolences to Pam & Jody. Since his fall at the beginning of Sept. it has been a very long struggle for Bruce! for that sake I am happy that he is now free of that struggle. I grew up with the whole Pearson Family. both of our dads worked for Northwestern Public Service Co. Also my Condolences to Sandi his cousin, & car show partner she was Bruce's helper and travel buddy. We will really miss my Friend Bruce!
Posted by BETTY& Wayne Morris on November 28, 2020
Bruce will be so missed. we had a lot of cousin times that were lots of fun. A great gentleman
Posted by Elaine Putman on November 28, 2020
I always enjoyed our visits together. You were a great husband to my cousin,Ava. My deepest condolences to you,Jody, Pam and your families. Ill miss him.
Posted by Virginia Pearson on November 28, 2020
Brother-in-law, Bruce introduced me to Darrell, his brother
He will be missed ❤️ So long, Bruce...
Posted by Mary Metzger on November 28, 2020
Ava’s cousin and Bruce’s birthday buddy. I was born September 10 in sympathies to Pam and Jody and family.
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