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Martin Edward Pierce Obituary

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PIERCE, Reverend Martin Edward United Methodist Minister and educator, went to be with His Lord and Savior on January 20, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 17, 1944 in Hamilton, Ohio to William F. and Nellie M. Pierce. He attended Keiser High School in Dayton, Ohio, then joined the Marine Corps. and served as a combat soldier, front line special forces, and troop leader in Viet Nam for 2 tours. At the end of his second tour he was wounded in battle. He received the Purple Heart Medal of Honor and other distinguished medals and commendations for service to his country. After he returned to the States, Martin graduated from Cumberland College and then the United Methodist Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity. He served as Chaplain at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, then as pastor to churches in and around Dayton, Ohio. He moved to Miami where he continued to pastor into the 1970s. He received his Master of Education degree in Miami and served as educator and counselor in the Dade County School system until his retirement. Martin continued to serve the Lord throughout his life, mentoring, counseling and witnessing to others in his everyday life in his kind, gentle and caring manner. He is survived by his loving family: wife Suzanne, stepchildren Jennifer Rinc Morrow (Todd) and Jonathan Rinc, grandchildren Trevor and Addison Morrow, twin sister Mary Lou Rehling (Bob), sister Carolyn Heiser (Harry), sister Patty Shroyer (Phil), extended family Julia Hewson Breakey (David), their daughter Elizabeth Breakey and many cherished nieces, nephews and friends. He spent his lifetime in dedicated service to God and Country. Well done, good and faithful servant. Funeral service at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 6PM. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC with full military honors. Visitation will be from 6-8PM Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Stanfill Funeral Home, Miami, Florida

Published in Dayton Daily News from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2012
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