1927 – 2014
Gerald "Jerry" Pierce, 86, passed away Sunday May 4, 2014 in Bakersfield.
He was born Oct. 19, 1927 to Percy and Gertrude (Roufs) Pierce in Carpinteria. In 1929, the family moved to Merrill, Ore. and then in 1941 to Klamath Falls, Ore. In 1945, he enlisted in the Navy and served on active duty, being stationed in Guam, until 1948. He remained in the Reserves until 1953.
On Oct. 19, 1957, he married Charlotte Roland. Together, they raised two children, John and Jennifer. Jerry worked for many years for International Harvester, until he left Klamath Falls. He then worked for Klamath Filter until his retirement. He also enjoyed his side business of repairing hydraulic equipment for various businesses.
Jerry was proud to be an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Klamath Falls, Ore. Jerry greatly enjoyed helping others, giving back to the community and prided himself on the many friendships he had with people in the Southern Oregon area.
In 2007, Jerry and Charlotte relocated to Tehachapi to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Jerry enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a lifelong member of the NRA. He was also a "master" jigsaw puzzle builder which he enjoyed doing with his grandchildren!
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Marjorie Barlow and Evelyn Biehn.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 56 years, Charlotte, son and daughter in law, John and Debbie Pierce of King City, daughter and son in law, Jenny and Jack Dressel of Tehachapi, granddaughter Kate Dressel of Tehachapi, grandsons Alex Pierce of Corvallis, Ore., Jeff Pierce of King City, Ivan Dressel of Tehachapi, and Jack Dressel of Tehachapi. Jerry is also survived by his brother and sister in law, Gary and Connie Pierce of San Diego as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside services were held Monday May12, 2014 at the Bakersfield National Veterans Cemetery in Arvin.