Ronald (Ron) Edward Pierson Ronald (Ron) Edward Pierson, born in Tacoma, WA on November 22, 1936, passed away in his sleep on February 11, 2014 in Montesano, Washington. Ron is survived by a sister, Marcia Morgan, of Seattle; sons, Kim and Kelly Pierson of Vashon and Shelton, respectively; and daughters, Kristi and Kathy Pierson of Seattle; stepchildren, Wayne Blocher and Rhonda Blocher Roderick, both of Olympia; grandchildren, Jamey and Joseph Pierson of Vashon, Abigail and Madeline Pierson and Joseph Ochoa of Shelton; Patrick Reck, Robbie, Aaron, and Bryon Bowker of Seattle; as well as great grandchildren Braylan, Declan, and Landon Bowker of Seattle. He was preceded in death by his brother, James (Jimmy). Ron left Olympia high school to join the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict, and was honorably discharged in 1954. He returned to begin working as a mechanic with Sinclair Anderson Motors in downtown Olympia. He later moved a few blocks to Central Auto Parts, where over the next 37 years he supplied NAPA parts to state, county, and city motor pools. The Highway Patrol and the Port of Olympia were among many other commercial and private customers. In 1995 he moved to Raymond, WA where his family had built a small tavern and restaurant for his retirement. Ron loved being out on the water; in his younger years diving for octopus under the Narrows Bridge, summer trips to Westport for salmon, or far into British Columbia chasing world-class rainbow trout. It was during family boating trips to Squaxin Island and other spots that he instilled in his children a deep love and respect for the beauty of Puget Sound. A member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, his family is grateful that he lived to see the tribe federally recognized. Please come to share your favorite memories in a celebration of his life; the date and time to be announced at a later date in the Olympian. Condolences for the family may left at: www.legacy.com/ obituaries/theolympian
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Published in The Olympian on Mar. 2, 2014