|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1916|
|Death: ||Apr. 4, 2003|
A Memorial Mass for Elwood F. Pearce Sr., 86, of Gardnerville, who died April 4, 2003 at the Carson Valley Residential Care Center, will be held Friday, April 11, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville.
He was born November 30, 1916 in Oakland, California, to Anne Danielsen and Earl Pearce. Elwood attended Oakland Technical High School, where he lettered in football all four years and served as student body president. Upon graduation, he earned a scholarship for football at Stanford University, but instead attended and played football at S.F. City College.
In 1941 he married Charlotte Campi and joined the Navy to serve in WWII. He worked for the Shell Oil Company for 17 years after which he, Charlotte, and the family, moved to Lake Tahoe in 1956.
Elwood owned and operated Pearce's Shell Station at the "Y". He served as President of the Lion's Club and was active in St. Theresa's Catholic Church. Elwood resided in Gardnerville for the last 24 years. For a brief time he drove the Meals-on-Wheels bus and helped with St. Gall's rummage sales.
He was an avid fly fisherman in the Hope Valley area where he knew every stream and fishing hole. Topaz was also a favorite haunt. Above all, Elwood was a gregarious, warm person and a wonderful father.
Elwood was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, in February 2003, both parents, his sister, Margery, and his brother, Jack.
Surviving are sons, Woody and Joseph Pearce; daughter, Carole Michelsen; grandchildren, Cheri Thornton, of Elko, Tony Pearce, of Gardnerville, Molly Daysh, of Folsom, Matthew Makley, of Phoenix, Luke and Michelle Michelsen, of Smith Valley, Corrine and Owen Pearce, of Alexandria, Virginia; and great grandchildren, Jeffrey and Steven Pearce, of Gardnerville and Mikiah and Alijah Makley, of Phoenix.
Donations in Mr. Pearce's honor may be made to the St. Mary's Hospice of Northern Nevada, 3264 Goni Rd., Suite 151, Carson City, NV 89706. FritzHenry's Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville was in charge of arrangements.
U.S. Navy, World War II
Eastside Memorial Park
Created by: Barb
Record added: Jul 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27985938
Added: Jan. 30, 2009
Thank you for your service.|
Added: Aug. 5, 2008