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Obituaries from the week of February 23, 2000Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


James E. Pearson, 56

Memorial services were held on Saturday, February 19, 2000 for James E. Pearson at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy, MN. Rev. Homer Dobson officiated with special music by his brother John.

James Edward Pearson was born September 14, 1944 to Matts and Valborg (Christienson) Pearson in Tracy, MN, Lyon County. He attended both Garvin and Tracy Public Schools. He was Baptized and Confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Garvin.

James moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in Texas when he was a young man and owned and operated his own service station. In May of 1969, James married Sandra Kay Penny in Arlington, TX and they had one son, Jason Eric. While in Texas, Jim found his life long hobby, that of peddling all manner of merchandise. He often went into Mexico to buy things and would sell them at his station.

He made several trips back to Minnesota to peddle his wares in the Tracy and Garvin area. In the mid 1970's Jim moved to Minneapolis and worked for a privately owned pizza restaurant as a delivery driver. Jim moved back to the Garvin area in the mid 1980's and continued his peddling.

Jim was an avid collector of odds and ends, just many things in general. He enjoyed tinkering and making unusual items from ordinary things, such as jewelry and wind chimes. These items were then quickly given out as gifts to his many friends. Jim also enjoyed fishing and reading, but it was his ability to listen and make friends that will be remembered.

Jim died Thursday, February 17, 2000 at the Tracy Municipal Hospital in Tracy, MN at the age of 56.

James is survived by his son, Jason of Arlington, TX; one sister, Jo and her husband, Jerry Anderson of Jackson, MN; one brother, John and his wife Toula Pearson of San Angelo, TX; four nephews; one niece; one great niece; many cousins and many, many friends.

His parents and one brother, Jerome preceded him in death.

Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled arrangements.

John Henry Rupp, 93

Services were held for John H. Rupp on Saturday, February 19, 2000 at the Amo United Methodist Church in Storden, MN. Rev. Robert Gamble officiated with music by Phyllis Kuehl.

Casket bearers were Gene Buss, Jon Buss, Bobby Buss, Archie Schuknect, Edward Westerman and James Westerman.

John Henry Rupp was born April 8, 1906 to John E. and Matilda (Hubin) Rupp on his parent's farm place four miles southwest of Westbrook, Minnesota. He was Baptized and Confirmed in the New Home Mennonite Church at the age of fourteen. John received his education attending country school, District #108.

On December 14, 1927 he and Glennie Lamaack were married at the Herman Lamaack farm seven miles south of Storden, Minnesota. They farmed the Rupp home place until they retired and moved to Westbrook in 1978.

John and Glennie were members of the Mennonite Church until 1950 when it dissolved. They then joined the Amo United Methodist Church. John served in many offices of the church, including Lay Leader, Pastor's Relations, Vice Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Board and Sunday School Superintendent.

Some of John's hobbies or pastimes included playing the violin, which he started doing at the age of ten, and also his farming.

Three years following Glennie's death, which was June 9, 1988, John entered the Good Samaritan Center in Westbrook where he resided until his death on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 at the age of 93.

He is survived by three sister-in-laws, Marjorie Rupp of Westbrook, MN, Bertha Mix of Windom, MN, Grace Stover of Worthington, MN, and Opal Lamaack, Windom, MN; several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, Glennie, brother, Albert and three sisters, Bertha, Emma and Ella all preceded him in death.

Intement was at the Westbrook City Cemetery. Almlie Funeral Home of Westbrook handled arrangements.