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William R. Pierce

Born July 26, 1944

William R. Pierce, age 73, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully, while surrounded by his family, on Friday, September 22, 2017.

Born in Elkton, MD on July 26, 1944, Bob was a son of the late George Pierce and Tabitha (Thornton) Whittington. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1966 until his honorable discharge in 1968. Bob made his career as an IT manager and worked with Atlantic Aviation and Dassault Falcon Jet in New Castle, retiring after 46 years of dedicated employment.

A devoted husband and father, his family was his world. Bob was actively involved in his children’s lives “ whether he was coaching their sports teams, cheering them on from the sidelines, or helping them complete a project “ he was ever-present. He adored spending time with his wife and best friend, Peggy. Whether they were working around the house together, traveling, or dancing the night away (they won numerous dance contests over the years) the two were inseparable. An avid sports fan, Bob looked forward to cheering on his beloved Philadelphia and U.D. teams each season. Active in his community, he was a longtime member of the A.F. & A.M. Solomon Lodge No. 36 and J. Allison O’Daniel VFW Post 475. Bob will be lovingly remembered as the greatest husband, father, and pop-pop Bob ever and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 sisters and 1 brother, George F. Pierce, with whom Bob shared a very close bond. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Peggy (Williams) Pierce; daughter, Mary Pierce-Cass (Brian) of Laurel; son, William R. Pierce II (Jennifer) of Smyrna; granddaughters, Jenessa and Melanie; and many extended family members.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Monday evening, October 2, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A second visitation will be held from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the funeral home, where a funeral service will begin at 12:30 pm. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1235 South Clark Street, Suite 910, Arlington, VA 22202.

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  • To the Pierce family, Garry & I send our thoughts, prayers, love & condolences to you all. It was a pleasure knowing Bob and watching our boys play ball together. He will surely be missed.

    Peggy & Garry Wright

  • God bless your whole family. God has received another wonderful angel.

  • All of our thoughts and prayers go out to the Pierce family. We wish you comfort, love and to hold close all of the wonderful memories of Bob. He was such a wonderful and dear friend to us and we pray that somehow the memories will help comfort each of you during this time. All our love to each of you as he will be missed dearly….. ~ Steve and Cheryl

  • Peggy and family….

    I’m so sorry for the loss your family is suffering. May all your wonderful memories of Bobby sustain you all in your time of grief. He was a wonderful person…..

  • Peggy you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • May God wrap his arms around you at this time . my love and prays are with you at this time.

  • Don and I are very sorry for your loss. Peggy God be with you and keep you. Love Don and Carol

  • I know he is missed but you have great memories and a great family to comfort you .

  • My thoughts , prayers and love go out to the pierce family. Bob was a wonderful friend and coworker and will be greatly missed.

  • Peggy,Betsy,Robbie and Family,

    We extend our condolences to you at this time of grief.
    Bob will stay in your hearts forever

  • Peggy, Betsy, Robbie, and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of grieving. Always remember the love that Bob gave to each one of you, that love will stay in your hearts and memories forever. Always share your memories with your family so that he will live on in your beautiful children. Know that he is and always will be watching over your family.

  • Wish we had known you and him longer, Meeting in chemo was our lucky day, he made treatments tolerable, his good humor made the time pass, He and Chet bonded quickly and we miss him too. You have a great family and tons of friends, please count us among them. We will stay in touch. God bless

  • What a wonderful man, husband , father, grandfather, son, and neighbor. Bob was so wonderful to my husband, Fred, when he was going through his illness. Bob was faithful is visiting Fred and bringing him his Dunken Donuts and coffee. I will never forget his kindness to me and I was always so grateful to listen to him tell his stories. I learned what a fantastic man he was. I know the loss is huge but you will soon have so many wonderful memories that will give you peace. My love and prayers to all of you.

  • So sorry Peggy, didn’t know until today, sending prayers. You’re wonderful memories and family will be a great support, my heart is with you.

  • Thank you so much. Dad sure did love all of the memories he made at NALL.