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William Howard "Bill" Pierson

Obituary for William Howard "Bill" Pierson

December 18, 1926 - December 18, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 91


William Howard (Bill) Pierson died peacefully in Austin, Texas on December 18, 2017, his birthday, at the age of 91. He was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on December 18, 1926 to William Howard and Caroline Joslin Pierson. Bill's father was the son of first generation Swedish immigrants who settled in the Duluth, Minnesota area in the late 1800's. Caroline Joslin Pierson (née Russell) was born in Stirling, Scotland and had immigrated to the United States in 1923 with her son, Russell. Bill's younger sister, Caroline Mary (Carole), was born in 1928. After Bill's mother died in 1934, his father remarried to Florence Charlotte Johnson in 1938. His younger brother Richard was born in 1939. Bill graduated from Grosse Pointe High school in 1945 and went into military service in the Army.

Bill was a proud veteran. He was a radio operator in the 511th Airborne Signal Company of the 11th Airborne Division. He did his paratrooper training in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Bill's Army badges and medals: Parachutist Badge, Honorable Service, Lapel Button WWII, Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal & Japan Clasp.

After the war, Bill went back to Detroit and studied Engineering at Wayne State University for a time and then went to Los Angeles to work in appliance distribution. In Los Angeles, Bill married Jacquelyn (Jackie) Marie Tenney, his first wife, and they had a son, William (Bill, Jr.) Jack Pierson.

In 1956, while living in Chicago, he met and married Joan Marie Niehaus of Cincinnatti, Ohio. Over their 45-year marriage, the couple welcomed 6 children into the world: Carolyn, Sally, Elizabeth, Robert, Patricia, and Christopher. Bill and Joan taught them through word and deed the values of love, compassion, faith, and hard work. His children will remember their father as a kind, sweet, passionate, funny (he was a True Woder), and ambitious man who loved them and encouraged them to work hard, pursue their goals, and to enjoy life to its fullest. Bill was baptized in the Catholic Church on December 17, 1973.

Bill was an accomplished business man and an excellent public speaker. He owned his own appliance store, and he held the positions of sales manager and director of operations for several companies, among them Whirlpool. Later in life, he was a store manager for Dillard's Department Stores, worked in sales for Foley's, and was a real estate agent. He was a generous individual who loved and who was passionate about fairness for all people.

Bill loved the water and the great outdoors. He enjoyed sailing and fishing. He was life-long lover of fitness and was a competitive swimmer and bicyclist. He competed in the Senior Olympics for several years in both sports. Bill also loved to travel. He enjoyed seeing new places and experiencing other cultures.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, William Howard Pierson and Caroline Joslin Pierson (née Russell), of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, his loving wife Joan Marie Pierson (née Niehaus), of Cincinnati, Ohio, his sister Caroline (Carole) Mary Jackson of Canton, Ohio, and his brothers, George Russell Pierson of Los Angeles, California, and Richard Gordon Pierson of New Baltimore, Michigan.

William is survived by his 7 children and their families; William Jack (Bill Jr.) Pierson, Carolyn Marie Castillo, Sally Joan Belton, Elizabeth Russell Pierson, Robert William Pierson, Patricia Gerard Guerrero, and Christopher Paul Pierson; and his 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

What advice would you pass along about being a dad? "Make sure your children live a positive life. Spend time with your children and make an effort to see that they stay healthy, live happy, and live a positive life."

A service will be held on Saturday, February 3rd, at 10:00 a.m., at Saint Louis King of France Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757, (512) 454-0384.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Alzheimer's Association.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Brookdale Northwest Hills for their care.

Condolences can be made on this website or sent to: 11811 Tedford St. Austin, TX 78753

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