CUBA - Joseph Pearson, Jr., of 647 Linwood Drive, Cuba, passed away Saturday (Nov. 12, 2016), surrounded by his loving family, at his home after a battle with cancer.
Joseph was born Oct. 8, 1921, in Titusville, Pa., and was a son of Joseph and Mona Gregory Pearson, Sr.
On Dec. 7, 1979, at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Buffalo, he married his wife of nearly 37 years, Kathleen V. Gortke, who survives.
Joe attended East High School in Buffalo. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the 101st Airborne, during the Battle of Bastogne, and in the European and African theaters, from Sept. 26, 1942, to Sept. 20, 1945. Joe earned the Bronze Star at the Battle of Bastogne. After his service, he worked at Harrison Radiator in Buffalo, retiring in 1984 after 30 years.
He was a member of the St. Mary of the Angels Church and the UAW Union.
Joe loved sports and was a Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and college basketball fan. He enjoyed classic cars and playing baseball. He loved horses and was an avid Western equestrian rider.
Joe loved summers with his family at Cape Cod, and he truly loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandson.
Along with his loving wife, Joe is survived by two children, Elizabeth (Shane) McElheny of Naples and Jennifer Pearson of Olean; one grandson, Tyler Joseph Pearson of Olean; two brothers-in-law, James (Lori) Grotke of Hamburg and Eric (Letizia) Grotke of Wheatfield; one sister-in-law, Judith (James) Eagan of West Seneca; several nieces and nephews; and his special friends, Jim Frietag and Brenda and Roger Olmstead.
Joe was predeceased by a brother- and sister-in-law, Daniel and Audrey Pearson; and a sister, Barbara Morsheimer.
Friends will be received at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean, on Friday (Nov. 18, 2016) from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at which time a prayer service will be held. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the St. Mary of the Angels Church. The Rev. Gregory J. Dobson, pastor, will celebrate. A service with full military honors will be accorded by the Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post 892 Ritual Team.
Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpink FuneralHome.com.