Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
4901 W. Placita Vientos
Tucson, AZ 85745

David P. Killen
WEBSTER — Funeral services for William “Bill” Fulton Pearson Jr., 92, will be held at 12-noon Friday, May 6, 2011, at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster. Interment will be at Veterans Houston National Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, with a rosary at 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Mr. Pearson died April 29 at Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Clear Lake, following a heart attack at his Clear Lake home, exactly two years to the day after the passing of his wife, Alice.

He was born on Dec. 19, 1918, in San Antonio to William Sr. and Martha Elvira Pearson.

Survivors are his sons, James and David Killen; grandchildren Jennifer Crain and her husband, Brian, Steve Killen, Scott Killen, and Maggi Townsend; great-grandchildren Nadia and Cyrus Crain; and many other family members and friends.

Mr. Pearson was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy as a Master Machinist 3.

He graduated with a B.S.E.E. from Texas A&M University in 1952, and took a job as an electrical engineer with Alcoa in Rockdale that same year.

Mr. Pearson was authorized to practice as a professional engineer in 1958; he worked for Alcoa for 15 years; and, following that, he worked in the aerospace industry at NASA for 27 years, before retiring from Brown & Root in 1995.

Among other things, at NASA Bill was responsible for a team of engineers and specialists who helped maintain the critical temperatures of the computers that managed several of our nation’s historic space launches.

He was very active in all aspects of his children’s education, scouting, sports, and professional lives; he was an avid coin and World War I gun collector; he was a very accomplished investor; and he was a tinkerer deluxe who, with his own hands, could build and repair anything.

Memorials may be made to St. Berndette’s or to the Czech Center Museum Houston, 4920 San Jacinto St. at at Wichita, Houston, TX 77004.

Rockdale Reporter - May 5, 2011
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