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William Meredith Pierce Sr.

PIERCE, WILLIAM MEREDITH SR., 83, of Louisville passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at Autumn Woods Health Campus.

He was a retired, highly -respected hospital and nursing home administrator.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Teresa Pierce; brothers, Stan, Richard (Junie), Bob and Jay; sisters, Helen, Anne and Sister Ann Monica; and grandson, Adam Kapp.

Survivors include Ruth Ann Gorman Pierce, his loving wife of 58 years; eight children, Bill Jr. (Darlene), Julie Effinger (David), Carmel Rhodes (Mike), Ruthie Hornung (John), Steve, Teresa Kapp (Greg), Andrew (Laura) and Amy Thomas (Nick); 17 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Bill was a graduate of Holy Cross School, St. Xavier High School and the University of Louisville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a licensed nursing home administrator and was the first practicing administrator in Kentucky to be certified by the American College of Healthcare Administrators. He was a fellow in the College and a past president of the Kentucky Chapter. He was also a member of numerous hospital and nursing home boards and associations.

He generously volunteered his time with the Highland Community Ministries, Meals on Wheels as a Nursing Home Ombudsman and various church and school activities and committees.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2009 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2009 at Ratterman's Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, with burial in St. Michaels Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Highland Community Ministries and the .

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Published in The Courier-Journal from July 30 to July 31, 2009
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