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Otis Pierson
1925-2004
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Otis Pierson, age 78, of Huron, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004 at the Huron Regional Medical Center.

Graveside rites were held Tuesday, Dec. 14th at Restlawn Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Huron, with Rev. David Koch officiating.

Otis Dwain Pierson was born on September 15, 1925, to Elmer and Hilma (Anderson) Pierson at Wolsey. He was the youngest of five children. His father died when he was three years old. He attended rural grade school in the Wolsey area and Wolsey High School.

On September 27, 1952, Otis married Lucille Escherhausen in Miller. They were married for 52 years. They farmed several years at Wolsey, and in 1956 they moved to Miller, where he owned and operated an A & W Root Beer Drive-In for a number of years. He also worked for the Miller Police Department for a brief time.

In the late 60s he started the Miller/Pierson Greenhouse and operated that with his wife and son until 1997, when he sold the business to his son and his wife. He owned and operated gas stations in Pierre and Miller, and also an apartment building in Pierre.
In the middle 1980s, they moved to Wolsey and moved the greenhouse business there.

In the early 90s they moved to Huron, where he owned and operated the Huron Mobile Home Estates and an apartment building. In the late 90s he sold the trailer court and they moved to an apartment building.

His grandson Tyler was the highlight of his life. He looked forward to always seeing and playing with him. Otis and Lucille went for drives, sometimes meeting Ron, Carla and Tyler for a picnic, which he enjoyed. "Papa" got much joy taking Tyler for rides through the fairgrounds in the wagon with the garden tractor. Even though he no longer worked in the greenhouse, he enjoyed dropping in and seeing how things were
going.

He is survived by his wife Lucille of Huron; one son, Ron (Carla) Pierson of Yale; one grandson, Tyler Dwain Pierson of Yale; one step-granddaughter, Christina Mendel of Yale; three step-grandsons, Clare Mendel of Huron, Ernest Mendel of Sioux Falls and Shaun (Jennifer) Mendel of Hartford; two step-great-grandchildren, Haley and Haden Mendel; one sister, Vera (Francis) Peak of Hollandale, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Glen Pierson; and two sisters, Doris Boldt and Helen Polly.