Obituary of David R. Pierce
David R. Pierce
David R. Pierce passed away at the age of 74, on Friday, October 20, 2023, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. David was born in Gary, IN on September 29, 1949, the son of the late Russell and Jeannette (nee Bopp) Pierce. He grew up in Griffith and attended Griffith High School before proudly enlisting in the United States Army, where he earned a Marksman (Rifle) badge and National Defense Service Medal. David was a member of the American Legion Post 1080 and was a life member of the VFW.
David can be described as a handy guy. There wasn’t a tool made that he didn’t own and there wasn’t anything that he couldn’t make, build, or even fix! He was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan, and enjoyed being outdoors, camping or exploring the deep waters scuba diving. If he wasn’t listening to Rock N Roll music, he could be found watching an old Western.
David is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Sandra Kay (nee Klimek) Pierce; son, Dustin Pierce; daughter, Jennifer (Joseph) Ellspermann; four grandchildren, Dustin Pierce, Jr., Addison Gaul, and Aidan and Aria Ellspermann; siblings, Donald (Akemi) Pierce, Calvin Pierce, and Paul Pierce; and his faithful canine companion, “Sheba”. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.
He is preceded in death by his twin sons, David and Frederick Pierce; his parents; and his siblings, Merrill Pierce, Sandra Tomlinson, Max Pierce, Dale Pierce, and Kathy Chancellor.
Visitation for David R. Pierce will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, IL, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of Funeral Service at 5:00 p.m. As it was his request, cremation rites will be accorded following services and inurnment will take place at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com where you can leave an online condolence or share a favorite memory
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