James E. “Jim” Pearson, sculptor, artist and educator, 77, Ringwood, died Friday, May 19, 2017, at Alden Terrace Care Center, McHenry.
A lifetime resident of McHenry County, he was born in Woodstock, Dec. 12, 1939, the son of John and Arline (Harrison) Pearson.
A graduate of McHenry High School, he obtained his master’s degree in education and fine arts from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. He was an art teacher at Woodstock High School for 33 years, retiring in 1993. He was also an art instructor at McHenry County College for several years.
He was a life member of the Illinois Teachers Association and a life member of the McHenry County Retired Teachers Association.
He was instrumental in restoring the ceiling paintings of St. John’s Catholic Church in Johnsburg.
He was a life member of the McHenry County Historical Society, a life member of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association and involved in the preservation of the Woodstock Square. He was in charge of Ringwood Cemetery for more than 25 years. He also served as a cartoonist for The
Independent for many years.
Jim loved to travel all over the world and take pictures of art museums.
Survivors include a brother, John (Bernice) Pearson, Wichita, Kan.; and a niece, Kathryn Marie Pearson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Elizabeth Ann Pearson.
Graveside inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Ringwood Cemetery, Ringwood.
Arrangements were made by Ehorn-Adams Funeral Home, Richmond.