Eric Ronald Wierson
1969 - 2021
Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care
414 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
Eric Ronald Wierson
Eric Ronald Wierson passed into the presence of the Lord on March 31, 2021 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa.
Eric was born on September 8, 1969 in Iowa City, Iowa to Arlene and Ron Wierson, but it was his maternal grandparents, Ansel and Stella Bolt of Story City, Iowa who were mainly responsible for raising him and his younger brother, Matthew.
Eric graduated from Roland-Story High School in 1987 and then enrolled at Iowa State University where he joined the ROTC-Marines. Eric was called into active duty in the First Gulf War in 1990, returning a year later. He made his home with his grandmother, Stella, until she passed away in 1995, at which time he lived with his Aunt Joyce (Meg) Knol-Digby and her husband, David Digby in Ames. He worked for a time at Hy-Vee, Gateway Hotel and FedEx. He was a volunteer for many years at the MICA Food Shelf and more recently, at the Ames History Museum. Eric loved his family and enjoyed watching football games and doing crossword puzzles. Last June, he was diagnosed with leukemia but had been doing well until the day before he passed away. At the time of his death, he was living with his brother, Matthew Wierson, and his two young sons in Ames.
Eric was preceded in death by his mother, Arlene Wierson; grandparents, Ansel and Stella Bolt; grandfather, Jack Wierson; great-grandparents, John and Cecilia Wierson; and his beloved cousin, DJ Abogunrin.
Eric is survived by his brother, Matthew Wierson of Ames; nephews, Everett and Shane Wierson of Ames; father, Ron Wierson in California; half-sister, Cherish (Larry) Miller of Afton; aunts, Joyce (David Digby) Knol-Digby of Ames; Ruth (Gene Wirtjes) Johnson of Herrin, Illinois; and Sally (John) Heer of Ft. Collins, Colorado; uncle, Paul Wierson of Story City; and numerous cousins.
A graveside service at the Sheffield Cemetery will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Ames History Museum or the First Christian Church.
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Published by Story City Herald from Apr. 1 to Apr. 8, 2021.
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I met Eric volunteering at the Ames Historical Society and later continued to run into him in the community. An incredibly genuine person--never one to pass on an opportunity to chat with others about "the meat and potatoes" in their lives. I'll miss the conversations we had making connections between the people and places we knew. I can only imagine the impact he had connecting with the many visitors at the AHS. The community has lost an incredible asset.
April 5, 2021
I grew up with Eric and Matt, both great friends, gentlemen, thoughtful, and hard working. Eric worked at my fathers restaurant for many years in his younger days, and I don’t know that my parents ever spoke of anyone more highly, not just as an employee who did things the right way, but as a wonderful person to spend time with. I last saw Eric at my parents 50th wedding anniversary celebration, and he was, as always, smiling and gracious. He’ll be missed. Good bless to you, Eric.
April 2, 2021
Eric was a regular where I worked at BAM and when I left to help open Great Harvest, he brought his business there. He always made great conversation and had interesting stories. He will always be someone I will remember. Eric was a good person. He touched a lot of lives.
Amanda Cook
April 2, 2021
So heartbroken by the news... Eric was such a dear friend while we lived in Ames.. moving away and not being there when his condition escalated was unbearable.

He was one of the most generous and empathetic souls I've ever known. He wasn't always on top of his social queues, but Eric was never anything but genuine, kind, and caring. I never had a conversation with him that didn't pry into my interests and bring out parts of me that I was normally too reserved to share. His sense of humor was constantly uplifting, and his concern for his community an inspiration. I'm sure there are countless people who've passed through Ames that have met Eric with all the volunteer work he did. Sitting with him at the Ames History Museum's table at Farmers markets and witnessing all the folks who greeted him, or were greeted by him in his unique fashion, truly emphasized the impact he had. He certainly left an impact with me that will last a lifetime and his loss is one of the hardest to bear, even given the events of the last year.

I hope all who've known and loved him can find healing by remembering his indomitable spirit and boundless love for others. There's a massive piece of Ames missing today that can never be replaced.
Justin Skarin
April 2, 2021
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