Pearl L. Underwood, 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater, where she and her husband, Earl, had lived for four years.
Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City, S.D. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the church. Burial will be in Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City.
She was born on June 27, 1922, in Brookings, S.D., the daughter of the late John Albert and Minnie Heusinkveld Kukuk. The Kukuk family moved to Rapid City in 1927, where Pearl grew up and graduated from Central High School. On Jan. 7, 1942, in Rapid City, she married her childhood sweetheart, Earl F. Underwood, who preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 2008. With her husband being a military officer, they traveled the world and moved 53 times before they retired in 1962. They moved back to their hometown of Rapid City in 1967. It was during their time in the Army that she and Earl raised their four children, Earl Jr., Jim, Jeanne and Joy. She had a keen interest in almost everything she saw and heard. She was interested in solar power 50 years ago and drew up plans for a house in the 1940s that would be powered by plant material and C02. She was an accomplished seamstress, taught ceramics and decorated cakes. She studied the world and its history and geology. She passed on to her children a love for the arts and classical music. She was involved in her community, Boy and Girl Scouts, her church, First Presbyterian, where she served as a deacon, was a member of the UPW, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, worked with low income ministries and meeting the needs of shut-ins.
Survivors include two sons, Rev. Earl F. Underwood Jr. and his wife, Laura, of Fremont, Neb., and James C. Underwood and his companion, Shirley Schundelmier, of Westerville, Ohio; two daughters, Jeanne L. Simonton-Topel and her husband, George, of Marshall and Joy E. Drew and her husband, John, of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beth Kukuk of Rapid City and Vera Kukuk of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Clifton C. Kukuk, and one grandson, Tate Simonton.
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