Ronald B. Pierce

Ronald B. Pierce

Ronald B. Pierce, age 74, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center of complications from lung disease.

Ron was the son of Dale K. and Laura (Holliday) Pierce. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sara L. Pierce; his daughters, Susana R. Pierce and her husband, Adam Townsend and Jenifer L. Blitz and her husband, Christopher; his son, Joel A. Pierce and his wife Angela; his granddaughters, Lucilia Blitz, Eliza Blitz and Aenessa Blitz; grandsons, Alexander J. and Jacob A. and his wife, Hayley; great-granddaughter, Emerson; his sister, Linda and Bob Cooley; nephew, Scott and Jerri Cooley and their children, Christian and Chandler, niece, Erin Cooley and fiance, Gordon Doolin.

Ron was a retired machinist who had worked at General Motors for more than 36 years. In his spare time he enjoyed doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles and watching cooking shows. He was a strong member of the local union, UAW 488, holding several leadership positions during his time as a member.

Ron was a loving father and grandfather. He was the constant companion and guardian of the household dogs and grudging companion of the household’s feline members. He will be sorely missed.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A private burial will be held at a later time.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Ron’s memory to the National Institutes of Health, Willy’s Kitty Angels Rescue or to the SPCA of Southwest Michigan.

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  1. Carol Marinich says:

    Dear Sara and Family,
    We are so sorry. Thinking of you.
    Love, Carol

    • Sara Pierce says:

      Thanks Carol. It was pretty fast. All secondary to smoking. It was painless & peaceful. That was a blessing. Less than 24 hours in the hospital. Not sure about the living alone thing. Got my dog & cat.

  2. Dick and Char Knowlton says:

    Sara and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and peace at this time.

    • Sara Pierce says:

      Thanks Char & Dick.
      There will be a reception st the Cooper Township Hall on Fri June 23 from 4-6 if you are interested

  3. Sharon T Epley says:

    I am saddened by this news. I met Ron while working at General Motors and had the privilege of working with Joel when he was an apprentice. Please accept my condolences and pass them along to the whole family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers

  4. Roy and Jean Harrison says:

    Linda and Bob
    So sorry to hear that you lost your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Roy and Jean
    4719 Vicki Ann Rd
    Pahrump, NV 89048

  5. Hugh Street says:

    Sorry for your loss. I worked with Ron. He was a colorful guy who was deeply committed to the union. I had the pleasure of being his apprentice, he was a true craftsman. Blessings!

  6. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Sara and Family. Please know that we are so sorry to hear about Ron’s death. Wow. I remember you telling that he had some problems in the past.. Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with you. We just read Ron’s obituary in the Kalamazoo Gazette this evening and were so surprised. Awwww. We are so very sorry for your loss. Hang in there and take comfort in the special memories you hold dear in your hearts. Hugs to all of you.
    Judy and Jerry Shumaker

  7. Steve and Mary Schuiteboer says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort and strength to the entire family!

  8. Rita Doster Wells says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Will be thinking of you as you continue on. Ron was one of a kind. A hard act to follow. I find it hard to believe that he has gone. Wishing you the very best. Rita

  9. Patti (Khodl) Hewitt says:

    Gosh Sara, 74 still seems way too young. Too bad smoking had grabbed such a hold on him. So sorry for your loss. Going from married to widowhood is a rocky road. Grieving is hard work, be good to yourself, take your time in decisions, try to find joy in the simple things.

  10. Dr. Robert L.Hosack says:

    Dear Sara: Sorry to hear of your loss which leaves a hole in the soul. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort as you move forward alone. May God remind you of all the good memories during your times of sorrow.

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