Louis Reed Pierce
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7/20/1921 - 5/5/2013
Louis Reed Pierce, 91, of Mission Viejo, Calif., passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at his residence. Lou was born July 20, 1921 in Winter Quarters, Utah, to Hugh and Pearl Noakes Pierce. He was the sixth of eight children. He lived in Roseville, Calif., from grade school up through high school when he joined the National Guard at age eighteen. Lou entered active duty in the U.S. Army on March 3, 1941 at the age of nineteen. He fought battles in the Aleutian Islands, Eastern Mandates, Philippines and Okinawa. He attained the rank of Sergeant, he was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries suffered in Okinawa on April 22, 1945, and he was honorably discharged shortly thereafter.
Upon returning to Roseville after the war he met Carmealeta Grace Hedges of Lincoln, Calif. He often said it was "love at first sight". After a whirlwind courtship of just a few of weeks they were married on October 12, 1946. His work with Safeway as a produce plant manager offered opportunities in Sacramento, Seattle, Idaho Falls, and Spokane. After retirement he represented the Rhubarb Growers in the Pacific Northwest until he and Carmyn moved to Ocean Shores, Wash., where he was able to follow a lifelong enjoyment of music by heading up the Ocean Shores Jazz Festival. In 1989 after the death of Carmyn (exactly 24 years earlier to the day of his death) he remarried and moved to Southern California where he was involved with the Palm Springs Jazz Festival. During his stay in Moreno Valley, Calif., he enjoyed volunteering at the Riverside National Cemetery for the Military Honor Ceremony.
Lou enjoyed sports and the outdoors. Family vacations often involved camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with the Lake Tahoe area a frequent destination. He taught his children to ski and was an umpire for many years in the Little League organization in Sacramento. He also volunteered as a scout leader in Washington.
Lou was preceded in death by his loving wife Carmyn, his parents and his seven siblings. He was a loving and proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his two children, Michael Spencer Pierce and his wife Laura (DeGrey) of Aurora, Colo., and Penny Sue (Pierce) Hawkins and her husband Howard of Coto de Caza, Calif.; nine grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren. Also he is survived by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Delbert and Sylvia Hedges who he has stayed close to for these many years; and many loving nieces and nephews who he always enjoyed visiting.
On Friday May 24, 2013 at the Riverside National Cemetery at 22495 Van Buren Blvd. in Riverside Calif., there will be a Military Honor Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. The military ceremony will be followed immediately by a Memorial Service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 350 S. Wabash Avenue in Redlands, Calif.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on May 24, 2013