Donald W. Pearson

Donald W. Pearson, 70, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio, a son of the late William B. and Ruth Deem Pearson.

Don was a 1961 graduate of Parkersburg High School. He attended Marietta College and graduated from Salem University with a major in English and a minor in Psychology. He was employed by IBM and BSSI as a machine repairman and was a self taught computer programmer. In retirement Don stayed active by working at REM as a mentor/caregiver to Matthew Dodd, and also working at the Red Carpet Inn. He enjoyed working in his rose garden and he attended Bethel Baptist Church. Don was a United States Navy veteran having served during the Vietnam Era aboard the nuclear submarine USS John Marshall.

Don was married to Barbara Barr of Mather, Pa. (formerly of Washington, Pa.), whom he married on Aug. 18, 2012.

In addition to Barbara, he is survived by his son Robert Pearson (Dawn) of Washington, W.Va.; a daughter Rebecca Drake (Dan) of Washington, W.Va.; four grandchildren Bryce and Emma Pearson, and Tyler and Ben Drake, all of Washington; his twin brother Dwight Pearson (Sandy) of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; two sisters Connie Cullum (Bud) of Parkersburg and Barbara Christain (Jim) of South Point, Ohio; a long time best friend Dave Roush of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and his special friend Matthew.

He is also survived by a stepdaughter Barbara Mankey (Larry) of Shickshinny, Pa.; three stepsons John Barr of Avella, Pa., Daniel Barr (Lisa) of Washington, Pa., and Jeffrey Barr (Roberta) of Washington, Pa.; 10 step grandchildren Amber Harris (Nick), Jacob Mankey, Michael Pattison, Anastasia, Angelica, Alexandria, Addison, Payton, Christian, and Madelynn Barr, all of Washington, Pa.; and his first wife Barbara Lynch Dye.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his second wife Mary Gates Pearson.

Services will be Saturday 3 p.m. at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Pastor Jay Freudenberg and Reverend Randall Kochersperger officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

The family would like to thank Rosenbaum Family House and Ruby Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion.

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