PIERCE, DONALD R., 86, of Louisville, died June 5, 2013 at home.
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He enlisted in the Navy during World War II at the age of 17, and served in the Philippines, Japan and Pearl Harbor, issuing classified codes as a Yeoman 3rd class at the time of his honorable discharge. He graduated from the University of Louisville with BA and LLB degrees and was in the general practice of law for 50 years. He was a member of the Louisville, American and Kentucky Bar associations, the later of which granted him the honor of "Senior Counselor" in recognition of his "outstanding and professional achievement." Donald was a Boy Scout, a Leader of Webelos and Legal Explorers, as well as a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, the Louisville Sailing Club, South Park Country Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2921, and Distinguished Past President of the Kentwood Optimist Club. He was partial to sour mash, and in earlier days he loved fishing, hunting, camping, sailing, and country-western dancing.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin; and his brother, Calvin.
He is survived by his loving wife, the former Jo Anne Crowdus; a daughter, Karen M. Pierce; five stepchildren, David Crowdus (Kim), Rhonda Niemi (Bruce), Lori McGrath (Danny), Karen Schulz (Greg) and Doug Crowdus (Melissa); and seven grandchildren, Lindsey Hinners (Rob), Jenna Crowdus, Dawn (Taylor) Campbell, Matthew Schulz, Bethany Schulz, Devin Crowdus and Alex McGrath.
A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, June 16, 2013 in the Robert Weston Chapel of the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Road. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Memorial service: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Donald requested everyone drink a toast in his memory.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The family would like to thank Dr. Harry Renco for his compassionate care over the last few years.
Published in The Courier-Journal from June 12 to June 14, 2013