Charles "Chuck" Leo Pearl

April 16, 1935January 4, 2019

Charles Leo Pearl, was born on April 16, 1935 to Charles and Mary Pearl of Oelwein, Iowa. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 4, 2019 at the age of 83.

He was a graduate of Upper Iowa University. Though always an Iowan at heart, Chuck moved to Chicago and worked for Rheem Mfg Co. where he met Carol, his wife of 58 years. They were transferred to Kalamazoo, MI and then moved to Grand Rapids, where Chuck worked for a start up business, Gordon Lamberts & Associates. They then moved to East Lansing where Chuck worked for 12 years as Store Manager for Jones Gifts in Frandor. Chuck retired after 20 years from Robert Peterson & Associates as a Gift Sales Representative. In retirement, he worked in a variety of ways for Dusty’s Cellar and his son-in-law Matt Rhodes.

Chuck was a long time volunteer of the Parkwood YMCA. He helped the Y’s men’s service club manage the Y Christmas Tree Lot and supervised school and church fundraising groups in MSU stadium cleanup. An avid Spartan and family man, he enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and all their activities. Those who knew Chuck will remember his friendliness to all.

Surviving is his wife, Carol, of 58 years; their son, Tim (Tami) Pearl of Haslett; daughter, Caryn (Matt) Rhodes of Okemos; son, Scott (Karyn) Pearl of Okemos and son, David Pearl of Okemos; seven grandchildren, Justin and Collin Pearl, Katelyn, Alison and Danny Rhodes, Meghan Pearl and step- grandson, Jason Pridgeon.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 11:30 am Thursday, January 17th. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 16th from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Gorsline Runciman in East Lansing. Inurnment will be on Friday, January 18th at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing.

Those desiring may make contributions to The Outreach Mass, Diocese of Lansing, 229 N. Walnut St., Lansing, MI 48933 or Sparrow Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, 1210 W. Saginaw, Lansing, MI, 48915.

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  • Memorial Visitation Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Memorial Visitation Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Thursday, January 17, 2019

Charles "Chuck" Leo Pearl

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John Greenslit

January 7, 2019

Pearl Family,
Deepest sympathy and condolences. Chuck was a weekly pal at a Friday a.m. breakfast of retirees, meeting at Flapjack Shack. He took on the role of keeping us advised of contact information, mostly updates as we needed to say hello to pass along news. It was our tradition to buy breakfast on your birthday, anniversary or special event. He seldom missed a date, or free breakfast!
He was the consummate salesman, entering into conversations that usually triggered debate as his sources usually reflected his experts from cable TV.
Iowa lifestyle and history were offered frequently, as he was truly proud of his heritage. Small town America provided a strong base to his compassion and appreciation of the struggles of life.
Family was always his pride and joy, as each of our group knew more about them than others. Satchel Paige is quoted with "it ain't bragging if you've done it.", so we learned of each success. Chuck was at home with professional, business, government, religious and cultural discussions. He felt at home listening to the self-appointed movers and shakers to solve the problems of the world, at least until the bill came.
He will be missed. I anticipate we will pick up the tab in his honor.
John Greenslit