MANKATO - Funeral services for Leonard Pierson, 86, of Mankato will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato with Rev. Dr. Scott E. Olson officiating. Interment will be in the Mausoleum at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.
Leonard died peacefully, Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Keystone Community. Visitation will be from 47 p.m. Wednesday at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary, and continue one hour before the service at the church on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church, Alzheimer Association, Mayo Clinic Health Systems Hospice Program, or the donor's choice.
Leonard was born June 8, 1927, on the home farm near St. James, Minn., to Anton and Helen (Fanning) Pierson. He attended country school in Rosendale Township. Leonard was united in marriage to Viola (Vi) Rose, on April 16, 1950, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome, Minn. Leonard worked with Rose Construction of Welcome, road construction on Hammond Highway near St. James, farming in the Lake Crystal area, and founded LK & K Pierson Trucking Inc. of Lake Crystal in 1987. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato, former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lake Crystal, Minnesota Trucking Association, and former board member of Lake Crystal Coop. Leonard enjoyed trips to Branson and Nashville. He also traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, and out west. He loved to spend time with his family and coffee with friends at HyVee. Leonard is survived by his wife, Vi Pierson of Mankato; five children, Pat (Wayne) Krosch of Vernon Center, Keith (Konnie) Pierson of North Mankato, Deb (Steve) Krosch of Lake Crystal, Kevin (Rose) Pierson of Lake Crystal, and Michelle (Chris) Nichols of St. Paul, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a great great-granddaughter; sister, Evie Pierson and special friend, Sam Gilligan of Mankato; brother, Wayne (Connie) Pierson of St. James; sister-in-law, Joyce Pierson of St. James; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Roger, Donald, Larry Pierson; sister, Charlotte Heckman; brother-in-law Lloyd Heckman; sister-in-law, Ida Pierson.