Roy Edward Pierce

Oct 19, 1919 - Nov 15, 2011


In loving memory of Roy Edward Pierce.

Born in Powell Texas to William and Blanche Pierce, their second of five sons, on October 19, 1919 and entered into eternal rest November 15, 2011.

He was 92 years old in body and 25 years old in spirit.

Survived by his devoted wife of 41 years, Charlene Pierce. Also survived by his daughter Barbara Holub (Kirk) of Boulder, Colorado and son Dale Pierce of Santa Rosa; stepdaughter Vickie Smith
(Robert) of Sacramento, California; granddaughter Jennifer Smith (his “little pumpkin”), grandsons Kris Holub and Kyle Pierce, his brother Cub Pierce (Carol) and many nieces and nephews in Texas.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Ray, Hamp and Carter and his grandson Noah Pierce, and Iraq veteran.

Roy enjoyed metal detecting, fishing and writing poetry. He also loved working with his hands, making furniture and tinkering with his tools.

Mr. Pierce enlisted in the army a few months before Pearl Harbor, joining the 76th Field Artillery Regiment when they still used horses. He did his Basic Training at Camp Ord in Mendocino. He was an excellent horseman. After Pearl Harbor the regiment switched from horses to trucks and Mr. Pierce became
a top notch truck driver. He prided himself on driving any truck and trailer backwards, farther and faster and with more accuracy than anyone else. In later years he amazed his children and friends with demonstrations of navigating a trailer backwards. During the war he served with honor in four campaigns: Northern France; Ardennes; Rhineland; and Central Europe. His time included a brutal months long slog through the Hurcan Forest in Germany. He earned the following medals: American Defensive Service, American Theater Campaign, WWII Victory, Army of Occupation, Berlin Campaign, Victory Ribbon, Airlift Device, EAME Campaign medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

After the war ended Mr. Pierce served in Germany and participated in the Berlin Airlift where he met and married Ruth Inge Zughold.

After his service to the US Air Force, he and his family relocated to California in 1955 where Roy worked at Mills Jr. High School in Rancho Cordova for 21 years.

He and Charlene were married on Valentines Day 1970.
They resided in Rancho Cordova until their home was destroyed by fire in June of this year. At that time Roy and Charlene moved to Eskaton Lodge Gold River. Theo loving care they received there will never be forgotten. Vitas Hospice and Home Instead
will always be remembered for their exemplary and loving devotion to them. A special thank you to Joni and Linda.

Roy was buried will full military honors at the Sacrmanto Valley National Veterans Cemetery in Dixon California on Friday, November 25, 2011.

A Celebration of His Life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Eskaton Lodge Gold River, 11390 Coloma Rd, Gold River.

In lieu of flowers please thank any veteran or military personnel for their service to our country.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Jimmie W. Pierce says:

    We as family called roy [demp] I do not know how he came by that nickname but his dad nicknamed all of the pierce clan. I remember him as I was a younger boy,he was alwayes full of fun,he and his 4 bro. alwayes helped my side of the family,when it was hay bailing time of the year. my mom would cook for all of us , I bet we drank 5 gallons of tea and no telling how many beans. they lived on a farm not far from ours, and was ready to help each other with any thing.he was our cousin ,and we loved him dearly. and will miss him . p.s. he had 4 bro. and 3 of them served in the service, one of them [ Ray] was killed in the landing at Normandy. God Bless him!

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