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Roger Pierson

Roger Pierson

Friday, February 7th, 1941 - Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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Roger Daniel Pierson passed away on June 28th, 2020 at Willamette Falls Adult Home Care in Portland, Oregon. Roger was born on February 7th, 1941 and was 79 years of age at the time of his passing.

Ever wonder what an amazing, generous, hardworking, helpful man looks like? Then you must have never gotten to meet Roger Daniel Pierson. He was the son of Daniel B. Pierson and Ruth Sherlie Pierson. Roger was a man of small stature, but with a gigantic heart and a whole lot of muscle. He would stop and help every person he would see if they needed assistance…regardless of who, where, what, why or how late he may need to be available. Sometimes it would be just him, he and his wife Alice or sometimes the whole family would be waiting until Roger was done helping.

As a young boy Roger worked hard around the farm helping his family. He was also very active with boy scouts and FFA. As a teen he would walk to Koberg beach all the time to go fishing. He would also walk to town to meet friends or to meet Alice Tanner, who he had hoped would one day be his lady. After Roger graduated from high school, that dream came true and he married Alice. He attended college at ITT in Klamath Falls. While there he became a father to his first child, Marcia. Roger graduated with an engineering degree and returned home to Hood River to work the family orchard with his father.

He farmed up to 200 acres of their fruit orchard. He also built and managed the family fruit processing plant that required him to process and deliver fruit to Portland at all hours of the day and night. Roger was known to work up to 20 hours a day sometimes, going at it from sun up to sun down to deliver fruit and complete the spraying before the end of the day. Roger did not really have days off, but he was never heard complaining about the work or long hours. He did occasionally take time off to spend with his family for trips or events, but days off weren't really a part of his life. Growing up, his children never realized that wasn't normal! However even without days off, he would always be there for his family and would have lunch with his parents every Saturday. He was a great son, father, husband, man.

Roger had many accomplishments over the 60 plus years he spent in Hood River. He served in the National Guard and was a volunteer fireman for many years. As a firefighter, Roger was often the 1st person sent into a fire since he was so small and could get in quickly. Roger built an addition onto the house he and Alice purchased after they had their other 2 children Mike and Monique. He also loved to fly, so he decided to get his pilot’s license. He would fly his family to California and even Sunday trips just to have lunch in Sun River, Oregon after church. Roger really enjoyed having that time with his family and being in the air. He also chartered flights for other people and enjoyed being able to travel with them to various places.

Roger is survived by his sister Donna Pierson Massey; his wife, of 58 years, Alice Louise Pierson; their children, Marcia (Pierson) Harpham, Mike Pierson and Monique Pierson Kreitzberg; and grandchildren Kira and Niko Harpham, Ezekiel Pierson, and Eula and Leila Pierson Kreitzberg. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service is planned for 1:00 P.M., Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Anderson’s Tribute Center (1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, Oregon) with a viewing prior and a reception to follow. Viewings for Roger will also be held on Tuesdays July 14th, 21st & 28th from 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Roger’s service will also be available live through Anderson’s Tribute Center’s Facebook page.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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David Massey

Posted at 06:39pm
We always enjoyed seeing Roger and the family when we'd visit in Hood River. Wishing all of you much love.

Phronsie Howell

Posted at 03:51pm
Roger was like another family member! My dad worked for him when I was growing up. Every time we’d go to his house/office he would have strawberry daiquiri jelly beans for me. He’d also let me borrow some of the Bible videos he had for kids. He will be missed. I have no doubt he’s having grand time in Heaven, though!
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wanda Tayor

Posted at 07:26pm
Alice I read with Sorrow of Roger's passing, I have such fond memories of your service to the Church, it was always a pleasure to see you and Roger.
 
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wanda Tayor Posted at 07:29pm

I also remember all the times roger serviced my car, It was always a pleasure talking to him, such a kind man!
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Chris Weseman

Posted at 03:47pm
Dear Pierson family,
I am saddened to hear of Roger's passing. He was a kind man of integrity. I'm sure that the many things he taught his children will live on as his legacy.

Charlott Jones

Posted at 10:21am
So sorry to hear about this. Roger was my special childhood friend when we both grew up in the Hood River Crag Rats. Him and I shared "a first claim to fame." At a Crag Rat outing at Lake of the Woods in southern Oregon, we climbed our first mountain together, Mt. McLoughlin with our fathers and Bob Moller. This would be the last climb for Bob as soon after that he was struck down with polio and never walked again. Happy trekking Rog.
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