Obituary of William Pierce (1958 – 2021) – Corydon, IN


William (Bill) Pierce, 63, died Monday, October 25 at Baptist Health Floyd Hospital. Born to Henry Bartley Pierce and Eleanor Mae Smalley Pierce, Bill was the eighth of nine children. As the family’s runt, he was forced to sit next to his father at the dinner table to make sure he had enough food. He attended St. Lawrence Elementary School and Western High School in Louisville, KY. From his parents, Bill inherited a strong faith in God and the Catholic Church, and he loved to make rosaries. Bill worked at American Air Filter for 20 years. He then started his own business, Pierce Painting, and operated it for 16 years until his retirement. Bill met his soul mate, Theresa Lehman, on a blind date in 1977. He was very proud of his 43 year marriage to his one true love. Together, they raised two wonderful children. Bill loved every minute he spent with his four grandchildren. Bill was a reliable, routine man who liked the simple things in life. He was an outdoor enthusiast at heart. Hunting, fishing, camping, bonfires, four-wheeled vehicles and snipe hunting in the countryside were some of his fondest memories with his siblings, nieces and nephews. He loved throwing the annual Super Bowl party and provided all the pieces for the competitive CRL games around the table with his children and grandchildren. Bill will be remembered for having the sweetest heart. From hiking through snowstorms to pulling strangers out of ditches with your truck to always being the one helping out to fix something. Bill was a man of remarkable kindness and he instilled that in his family and those around him. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Henry “Buddy” Pierce, Jr. and his sister, Marilyn Pierce. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Lehman Pierce of Georgetown, IN; son, BJ Pierce of Georgetown, IN; daughter, Juli Ring (Brad) of Carmel, IN; grandchildren, Gracelyn Sinex, Lincoln, Nolan and Lydia Ring; brothers, Jim Pierce (Mary Lou) and John Pierce (Cindy) both of Louisville, KY, Charles Pierce (Tanja) of Sellersburg, IN and Stephen Pierce of Georgetown, IN; sisters, Carolyn Gardner (Dave) and Christine Hutcherson (Randy) both of Louisville, KY; and 24 nieces and nephews. A Catholic Burial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany, IN. Interment will follow at St. Mary of the Knobs Cemetery. Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021 and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown, IN. There will be a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening at the funeral home.
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Posted by Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Homes Georgetown on October 26, 2021.

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