John R. Pearson, age 77, a resident of rural Portland, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at his home.

John was born June 21, 1945, in Portland, the son of Robert Pearson and Myrtle (Smith) Pearson. John graduated from Pennville High School in 1963 and served in the National Guard for six years.

For many years, John owned and operated Phillips 66 in Dunkirk. He also was a bus driver for the Jay School Corporation for 33 years and farmed in Noble Township for many years of his life.

Survivors include:

One son — John W. Pearson (wife: Hope), Portland

One grandson — Tucker Pearson, Portland

Three sisters — Roberta Duncan (husband: James), Ossian, Ruth “Joan” Teeters (husband: Clinton), Fort Wayne and Janice Vore, Portland

Several nieces and nephews

John was preceded in death by his three brothers Jim, Bill and Jackie.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland. Funeral services for John will be on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland. Pastor Herb Hummel will officiate and burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery in Fort Recovery, Ohio.

Memorials can be directed to the Parkinson’s Association or the donor’s choice.

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