Taft Sherman "Ted" Pearce

(June 21, 1908 - March 11, 1929)


The Lusk Herald
March 14, 1929


Ted Pearce Dies Of Pneumonia Following 'Flu'

Ted Pearce, 21 years old, a resident of Niobrara county since 1913, passed away at the Lusk Hotel in Lusk at 9:00 o'clock Monday morning, after an illness of several weeks of double pneumonia.

Funeral services will be held in Lusk Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Baptist Church, with interment in the Lusk Cemetery. Rev. B. F. Farrar will have charge of the services, and the Peet undertaking service the arrangements.

The pallbearers will be Russell Watts, Jess Thompson, Harry Lorenzen, Lawrence Holsapple, Ben Sturman and Valdy Reinecke.

Deceased was taken sick on January 28, and has since been confined to his room at the Lusk Hotel. He was afflicted with a severe case of the flu, which finally turned into double pneumonia. His nurse, Miss Ruth Houchins, cared for him all this time and made every effort to save him.

The Pearce family has in the last few weeks been visited three times by the Grim Reaper. The mother, Mrs. P. A. Pearce, died on Wednesday, January 16, and last Friday the grandmother died in South Dakota.

Ted Pearce was born in Alexandria, South Dakota, on June 21, 1908. He came to Lusk with his parents on April 1, 1913, and has resided here since that time. He is survived by his father and two brothers, Athel and Ray, and four sisters, Mrs. Ray Pennington, and Mrs. Ethel Sorensen, and the Misses Letha and Marie Pearce.


The Lusk Herald
March 21, 1929
Obituary - Taft Sherman Pearce


Taft Sherman Pearce was born at Alexandria, South Dakota, June 21, 1908, and as a lad of five came with his parents to Lusk, Wyoming, April 1, 1913, where he has since resided and grew to manhood's estate.

Taft, or "Ted," as he was familiarly known, took sick with the flu, January 28th, and soon thereafter double pneumonia set in, and he was taken to the Lusk Hotel and placed under the constant care of Miss Ruth Houchin, a trained nurse, who did all that could have been done for him.

Apparently he was getting along nicely and was able to be out and around town for nearly two weeks. But he was very weak. Saturday he was out car-riding all afternoon. Sunday he seemed not quite so well. On Monday morning he was very weak. His heart bothered a great deal. He called for his brother Athel and had the nurse call the doctor. He seemed to have a premonition that he was to go. During the month he had manifested a change of heart and was much in prayer.

He passed away to be with his mother, who preceded him by less than two months.

There remain to mourn his departure, his father, P. H. Pearce; two brothers, Athel and Ray; four sisters, Mrs. Roy Pennington, Mrs. Ethel Sorenson, Letha Pearce and Marie Pearce, all of Lusk. Also a little niece, Leona Jean Pennington, of whom he was especially fond.

The length of his earthly pilgrimage was 20 years, 8 months and 20 days.








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