Donald Pierce Obituary

Donald D Pierce
Donald D Pierce

May 29, 1933 - April 15, 2017
Born in Jackson County, MI
Resided in Olivet, MI


Donald D. Pierce, age 83, passed away peacefully at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home with his loving family by his side on April 15, 2017. He was born May 29, 1933 to Nelson and Darlene(Brigham) Pierce in Jackson County and lived all his life in the local area.
Don had two brothers, Robert (Laura) Pierce of St. Petersburg FL., and Dale (Kay) Pierce of Plummer, ID., He had four sisters, Joyce (Gene) Pierce Lyle of Port Richey, FL., Jeanette Pierce Castialow of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Prudy (Gerry) Pierce Bilaski of Concord, MI. and Sharon (William) Pierce Loveless of Litchfield, MI. His brother Robert and sisters Jeanette and Joyce as well as his mother and father, and a great granddaughter preceded him in death.
On Aug. 4th.1951 Don married the former Barbara "Bonnie" Coppernoll, she also survives. Their marriage produced four children, Donald R (Debra) Pierce of Marshall, MI., Dianna (David) Pierce Burnett of Fostoria Ohio, and Garry Duane and Dawn Marie, who are still at home. There are 7 grand children and numerous great grandchildren.
Don was employed at Eaton Corporation in Marshall for 30 years, taking advantage of an early retirement he retired at the age of 48. He had also joined the Michigan National Guard at the age of 17. While in the Guard he attended the Officers Basic and Career Courses at Fort Sill, OK. as well as the Army's Aviation rotary wing (helicopter) and fixed wing (airplane) courses. He commanded the Aviation Company in Grand Ledge, MI. for two years before moving to Division Staff. He then retired in 1974 with 24 year's service at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
For a short time in the early 60's before the State Police had their own aircraft, Don was allowed to keep a National Guard Bell Helicopter at Marshall's airport and occasionally flew special missions for the State Police.
After retiring from Eaton's Don took up the hobby of woodworking. He built hardwood display cases for model trucks and trains. All the wood for his hobby was felled and milled from trees on his farm in Olivet. Bonnie and he traveled to model train and farm toy shows around the country selling the display cases. Don estimated that he built over 1500 of these cases.
In 1995 he received permission of Eaton Corp. to have scale model semi trucks built representing the 41 various Eaton Divisions. He sold these models to Eaton employees all over the world. For several years he enjoyed buying and selling farm toys on EBay.
According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service has taken place.
Memorial contributions can be made to Henry Ford Allegiance Health Hospice of Jackson. Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Family Funeral Homes. Arrangements are by the Kempf Family Funeral Home, Marshall Chapel.