Pierson, Lenn – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Lenn Pierson, 91, of Claremont, Calif., and formerly of La Grande, died July 11 at his home. A celebration of life will be held in the future. He requested that his ashes be scattered over Klickitat, Wash., overlooking the Columbia Gorge. Mr. Pierson was born Feb. 22, 1915, to Elva and Winfred Pierson in Geneva, Neb. The family moved to La Grande in 1925, and in 1950 moved to Island City. His father, who worked for Mount Emily Lumber Co., taught him to fly. He graduated from La Grande High School and then from Oregon State University with a degree in geology. He was a member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, and taught high school math and science at Grants Pass and Medford, giving plane rides to the students with the highest grades. He served as a civilian flight instructor in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and married Eleanor Forbes, a control tower...

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