PEARCE, Douglas Roland, Lt. Col., DFM, CD, QC RCAF (Retired) Passed away on April 5, 2010 after a short illness. Douglas was born January 14, 1920 in Edmonton, AB to Harry and Emma Pearce. Doug was baptized into the Lutheran faith in Edmonton and confirmed on May 13, 1934 at St. Peters Lutheran Church, Edmonton. He spent his youth in Edmonton prior to WWII and proceeded overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. He flew with 435 Squadron (RCAF), 78 and 617 Squadrons (RAF) Bomber Command during WWII. Returning from Europe in 1944 he married Frances McNeill in Edmonton in 1947 and remained in the Air Force as a career officer. Doug served in many parts of Canada and overseas on flying and staff duties during the next thirty years, until his retirement from the military in 1971 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Upon retirement he accepted a position with the Finance Office of the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON where he remained until 1981 when he and Fran moved to the Okanagan, initially to Carrs Landing and finally to Kelowna in 1990. Doug was an active member at First Lutheran serving as Church Treasurer for five years in the mid-eighties, as an Elder for a number of years, and on various church boards and committees. Always interested in community affairs, he and his wife Fran were involved with setting up the Fire Department and building a fire hall at Carrs Landing. He served 12 years as Treasurer of Lutheran Camp Concordia Society and again with wife Fran was quite involved in establishing the Okanagan Camp and Retreat Centre in Westbank. Doug was predeceased by his parents Harry and Emma Pearce, by two older brothers Harry (Kay) and Rev. Dr. E. George Pearce (Ida), and a younger sister Gertrude (Gordon) Vikse. He is survived by a sister Edna (Harry) Paterson and brother Lloyd (Doreen) Pearce all of Edmonton, AB. Doug and Fran were blessed with three wonderful children: Douglas (Ruth) Pearce of Lake Country, BC, Judith (James) Freer of Sherwood Park, AB and Kimberly (Harold) Schroeter of Simcoe, ON. He also leaves seven loving grandchildren: Natasha (Michael) Bell of Didsbury, AB, Christopher (Colette) Pearce of Edson, AB, Patrick Freer of Vancouver, BC, Gregory and Kelly Freer of Sherwood Park, AB, Erik Schroeter of Simcoe, ON, Courtney (Shawn) Morin of Guelph, ON respectively and four great grandchildren: Kailyn and Mitchell Bell, Joshua Pearce and Jamie Morin.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30 pm at First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC with Pastor Keith Reisdorf officiating. Memorial gifts may be made to the Rev. Dr. E. George Pearce Memorial Endowment Fund, Concordia Lutheran Seminary, 740 Ada Boulevard, Edmonton, AB or to a charity of choice. By way of explanation, the endowment fund exists to provide financial assistance to our student pastors in training at the seminary. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.