In Memory . . .
Ernest R. Pierce
1930 ~ 2012
Ernest R. Pierce, 82, died peacefully on September 23, 2012. Ernie was born May 18, 1930 to Ernest R. and Alvina Andersen Pierce in Gunnison, UT, as the second of four children. He graduated from Gunnison High School and also attended Snow College and Trade Tech. Ernie served honorably in the U.S. Army for over fifteen months in the combat zones of Korea. He married Dorothy McPhail on March 23, 1963, in Salt Lake City and their marriage was later solemnized in the temple. They enjoyed raising her three children, who in turn enjoyed caring for him as his health declined. Dot died Oct. 6, 2006. Ernie was sealed to Dot on Oct. 26, 2007. Always a hard worker, Ernie worked over 30 years for the Salt Lake City Fire Department, retiring as a Battalion Chief. He also worked as a roofer on the side. Ernie was an avid outdoorsman whose passions were hunting and fishing. He enjoyed watching football and basketball games and old western movies. He and Dot loved raising horses and Ernie spent hundreds of hours riding horses in the mountains near the family farm in Sanpete County. During his years of failing health, he enjoyed looking out the window of the home he built at his backyard full of trees, peacocks, quail, and raccoons. We appreciate all those who helped care for Ernie during the many years he was unable to care for himself.
Ernie is survived by his children Robin (Linda) Cheel of Vancouver, WA, Gwen Hudgens and Danny (Frankie) Cheel of Sandy, his brother Roland (Charlene) Pierce of S.L.C., his sister Mary Alice Gomoll of Keizer, OR, and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Johnny, and his wife.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29, 2012 at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S Highland Drive where a viewing will be held Fri. from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Sat. from 1:00-1:45 p.m. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Cemetery, 3115 E Bengal Blvd., Cottonwood Heights, UT.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on September 27, 2012